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Joanne Harris talks to Paul Blezard

Orfeia and Ten Things About Writing

Winter Weekend 2020, 

When you can find me an acre of land,

Every sage grows merry in time,

Between the ocean and the sand

Then will you be united again.

So begins Harris’ stunning new novella Orfeia, a gender-flipped retelling of the Orpheus Myth, beautifully illustrated by Bonnie Helen Hawkins. This is a beautiful and tragic quest as a heartbroken mother sets out to save her lost daughter, through the realms of the real, of dream, and even in the underworld itself. Not content with releasing her new novella, Joanna Harris has also newly published a guide on how to write. Using the Twitter hashtag #tentweets, she shares bitesize chunks of practical advice and guidance on writing and finding readers. Based on these popular tweets, Ten Things is a collection of wisdom on creating and publishing your own books. The author’s clear and encouraging style provides genuine insight and practical help that will be invaluable to any would-be writer. Paul Blezard is a literary editor, broadcaster and commentator.

Joanne Harris talks to Paul Blezard