If you thought that Queen Elizabeth is the most influential woman in the U.K., you would be wrong. A recent poll of magazine editors named Harry Potter creator, J.K. Rowling, to that honor (if you are interested, the Queen came in third after Rowling and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham). Guess selling more 400 million copies of the Harry Potter books makes you pretty influential!
In the same week, Rowling received a bronze statue of the Ugly Duckling when she was named the recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award. This new award recognizes an author who can be compared with the Danish writer who wrote some 160 stories and poems including “The Little Mermaid” and “The Ugly Ducking” before his death in 1875.
In her acceptance speech (video), Rowling said that Andersen “understood that writing for children does not mean ‘pureeing’ what one would have written for adults… it ought not to be bland or sloppy or devoid of challenging ingredients” and praised his “indestructible, eternal characters”.
– posted by Brenda, Reference Services