JK Rowling has announced she is set to launch a formerly hidden fairy tale story online for kids in lockdown.
Exposing information of The Ickabog in a lengthy thread on Twitter, the author made it clear the story is absolutely nothing to do with her most famous development, Harry Potter, however a stand-alone tale initially checked out to her own children at bedtime.
Written more than 10 years back, it is a story Rowling states she always meant to publish, however never ever got round to it after writing two books for grownups after the last book in her wizarding series.
In a statement revealing the details on her website, the writer states The Ickabog is “a story about fact and the abuse of power”, although addressing the obvious question, “isn’t meant to be checked out as a reaction to anything that’s taking place in the world right now”.
The only other individuals who understand The Ickabog are her 2 youngest kids, she says, and she had actually started to think of it as just a household story.
However, with the UK in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, Rowling searched for the manuscript in her attic and has actually decided to serialise the story for free online, beginning with the first 2 chapters at 3pm today.
She has also gotten in touch with kids to offer illustrations for a physical book, to be published in November.
Rowling states royalties from sales of The Ickabog will go to tasks helping groups particularly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before that, there will be an overall of 34 daily instalments online, with translations in other languages along with English, each weekday on a new Ickabog site up until Friday 10 July.
In her statement, Rowling says: “The concept for The Ickabog concerned me while I was still composing Harry Potter. I composed the majority of an initial draft in fits and starts between Potter books, meaning to publish it after Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows …
” Gradually I concerned think about it as a story that came from my 2 younger children, due to the fact that I ‘d read it to them in the evenings when they were bit, which has constantly been a delighted family memory.
” A few weeks back at dinner, I tentatively mooted the concept of getting The Ickabog below the attic and releasing it totally free, for children in lockdown.
” My now teenagers were touchingly passionate, so downstairs came the really dusty box, and for the last couple of weeks I’ve been immersed in a fictional world I believed I ‘d never go into again.
” As I worked to finish the book, I started checking out chapters nighttime to the household again. This was among the most extraordinary experiences of my writing life, as The Ickabog’s very first 2 readers told me what they remember from when they were small, and demanded the reinstatement of bits they ‘d particularly liked (I obeyed).”
Rowling states the story was composed as a read-aloud book however ought to be suitable for children aged 7 to nine to read on their own.
This is not the first effort released by the author for children in lockdown – she also established the Harry Potter In your home digital center to provide entertainment for children.
On Sunday, Rowling used to pay a year’s salary to the person responsible for a tweet from the Civil Service’s main account, which appeared to accuse Boris Johnson of being an “big-headed, offensive reality tornado”.
The tweet, which was retweeted more than 32,000 times before it was erased, was posted quickly after the prime minister used his Downing Street press conference that day to protect his chief consultant Dominic Cummings