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Rowling receives Edinburgh honour

JK Rowling
JK Rowling moved to Edinburgh almost 15 years ago

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has been honoured by the city where she created her world-famous wizard books.

The writer was selected to receive the Edinburgh Award, which last year went to fellow writer Ian Rankin, creator of the popular Rebus series.

A panel of judges from the fields of arts, business and science unanimously voted Rowling as the 2008 winner.

The award was presented at a ceremony in Edinburgh. Rowling said it was "an absolute honour".

The author, who has sold 400 million books worldwide, said: "Edinburgh is very much home for me and is the place where Harry evolved over seven books and many, many hours of writing in its cafes.

She is a tremendous asset to the city, not least for her writing prowess but also for her philanthropy and the vast amount of support she gives to numerous charities
George Grubb
Edinburgh's lord provost

"So much has happened to me both professionally and personally since I moved here nearly 15 years ago, that to receive this recognition is particularly meaningful and special."

The mother-of-three devotes time and money to various charities including the Multiple Sclerosis Society Scotland, of which she is patron.

Edinburgh's Lord Provost George Grubb said: "JK Rowling is undoubtedly one of the world's best-loved writers and her books continue to thrill audiences young and old across the globe.

"Everyone knows the famous story of how she penned the first Harry Potter novel in various Edinburgh cafes and her literary achievements have really put the city on the map.

"She is a tremendous asset to the city, not least for her writing prowess but also for her philanthropy and the vast amount of support she gives to numerous charities."


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