Island book club 'gobsmacked' by JK Rowling surprise visit

Harry Potter author 'apparated' to Orkney Library after Twitter invitation.

JK Rowling: Author 'apparated' to library. <strong>Orkney Library</strong>
JK Rowling: Author 'apparated' to library. Orkney Library

Members of an island book club were stunned when JK Rowling turned up at their meeting following an offer of tea and cake.

The Orkney group met up on Saturday to discuss The Cuckoo’s Calling – the first of Rowling’s crime novels written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

A tweet about the gathering caught the attention of the Harry Potter writer earlier in the week, who said she might have to “apparate” to the library in Kirkwall as the weather looked a bit rough.

On Saturday morning Orkney Library tweeted a picture of a lemon drizzle cake they had on standby should the world-famous author turn up.


Library worker Stewart Bain said the book group known as the Saturday Slaughters were “gobsmacked” when she stopped by for a visit.

A staff member told STV News: “We still can’t quite believe it. Such an incredible thing for her to do. 

“It was a really fantastic afternoon.”

Rowling later tweeted: “I had the best time! Thanks for wonderful chat, cake and, of course, letting me touch The Book.”


The author posted a photograph of herself holding a title about organic gardening by Coronation Street actress Thelma Barlow.

Orkney Library was voted Library of the Year in last year’s Bookseller Industry Awards.

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