We’ve just heard that J.K. Rowling, author of the world famous Harry Potter series, is to be awarded the ‘Freedom of the City of London’ on May 8 at Mansion House. Rowling was nominated for the award by Alderman David Wootton, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, and Wendy Mead, the Sheriff of London, for outstanding services to children’s literature. Having started writing the Harry Potter books on a delayed train journey from Edinburgh to London, J. K. Rowling went on to become the most successful female author in living history, with over 450 million copies sold worldwide. ‘The Freedom of the City of London’ is an ancient honour, and although not of great practical consequence, it does mean she’s allowed to drive flocks of sheep across London Bridge – and you never know when that’ll come in handy. Perhaps she’ll be eligible for a free pint in the Leaky Cauldron too. Kimberley Simpson
For info, see cityoflondon.gov.uk.