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Joanne Harris MBE

Joanne Harris MBE is a award-winning British novelist and author of fifteen best-selling novels. Her books include CHOCOLAT, which became an Oscar-nominated film in 2000.


About Joanne Harris MBE

Joanne Harris MBE is an enchanting speaker who inspires and educates with her impressive story telling. She is also passionate about the importance of libraries and early access to culture; social media as a means of reaching a potential audience.


Joanne Harris peaks on number of topics which include live storytelling (with or without music); taking a book to the screen; writing fiction and the universal power of story.  She also speaks about food in fiction and folklore; challenging perceptions of race and gender; breaking down the gender barriers to promote creativity and the psychology of folklore, and fairy-tale.  Her speech topics also include the importance of literacy; myths and their influence on our lives; creative thinking through stories; the red shoes in folklore and fairy-tale; magical thinking and success.

Joanne Harris was delighted when her novel ‘Chocolat’ became a number one bestselling novel.  She has also written numerous short stories, three cookbooks and a ‘Dr Who’ book as well as penning several scripts and musical, opera and theatre projects.  She has made various TV appearances, including ‘The Wright Stuff’, ‘Question Time’, ‘Inside Out’, ‘This Week’, BBC ‘Breakfast Time’, ‘Eye to Eye’, ‘Faulks On Fiction’ and ‘The Big Question’.

Published in over 50 countries Joanne is an Honorary Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and a member of the Council of the Society of Authors. She has also received Honorary Doctorates from Huddersfield University and Sheffield University.  With 15 years’ experience teaching and lecturing at secondary and university level and 15 years’ experience of festivals, speeches, workshops, seminars, interviews and book tours Joanne really is an impressive speaker as well as being fluent in French.

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"A wonderful, engaging speaker who charms her audience with her wit and down-to-earth nature. She is one of the best speakers we've had and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend her. "

Women's Institute


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