Joanne Harris and the #Storytime Band
The School of Cultural Studies & Humanities is pleased to welcome the acclaimed Yorkshire-born writer Joanne Harris to the University. Joanne, most famous for her novel Chocolat.
As well as her credits for various Novels, her career also includes writing for TV, opera and musical theatre, and her work has been published in over 50 countries. She is also active on Twitter, where her live storytelling has become a popular phenomenon. From these stories, written from scratch in front of a Twitter audience, and sent out into the Twittersphere in segments of 140 characters, a whole book of stories has emerged – thought-provoking, funny, sad and completely original.
Honeycomb, a collection of 100 dark and interconnected tales, illustrated by Charles Vess, will be published by Gollancz in the autumn of 2018. Meanwhile, Joanne and the Storytime Band have created #Storytime: a live show featuring tales from the book, along with projections, original music and songs, written and performed by Joanne and the band of which she has been a member since she was at college. This show (which premiered last year in London’s King’s Place as part of the Tête-à-Tête festival) is intimate, engaging, quirky and darkly magical, appealing to audiences of all ages, but especially lovers of folklore, fantasy and fairytale.