Two Lit Chicks

Conversation with Joanne Harris

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Episode notes

Joanne Harris (OBE, FRSL) was born in Barnsley in 1964, of a French mother and an English father. She studied Modern and Mediaeval Languages at Cambridge and was a teacher for fifteen years, during which time she published three novels, including Chocolat (1999), which was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche.

Since then, she has written 19 more novels, plus novellas, short stories, game scripts, the libretti for two short operas, several screenplays, a stage musical (with Howard Goodall) and three cookbooks. 

Her books are now published in over 50 countries and have won a number of British and international awards. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2022. She is a passionate advocate for authors’ rights, and is currently the Chair of the Society of Authors (SOA), and member of the Board of the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS).

 Joanne’s Choices
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter

Other books and media mentioned
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris
Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris
Backlisted Podcast (Joanne Harris/Gormenghast episode)

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Julia mentioned using MidJourney to create fantastic character studies and visualisations as writers and readers. She’s written a thorough “how-to” blog post on our website.

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