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JK Rowling honoured with degree
JK Rowling
Rowling said it was "a particular pleasure" to receive the degree
Harry Potter author JK Rowling has received an honorary degree in her adopted "home" town of Edinburgh.

She was praised for making reading "cool" as she attended a graduation ceremony at the city's university.

Dressed in a long red flowing gown with gold and black hood, she was applauded heartily as she accepted her scroll.

Rowling completed a teacher training course at the university in 1996 - the year of her first publisher's offer, for the Philosopher's Stone.

The award on Thursday was in recognition of the Potter books and her outstanding contribution to children's literature.

JK Rowling
Rowling is working on the sixth Potter book
Rowling, who is working on her sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - said receiving the degree was "a particular pleasure".

"To receive such a tribute from the city I now call home, and to be in such distinguished company, means a lot to me," she said.

Rowling, who was born near Bristol, wrote much of her Potter material while living in Edinburgh as a single mother.

She had graduated with a degree in French and Classics from Exeter University in 1987 before moving to London and later to Edinburgh.

It was during her time in the Scottish capital that she received a publishing offer for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

In 2000, Rowling received an OBE for services to children's literature.

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