Orkney Library welcomed a surprise visitor yesterday (Saturday) when author J.K. Rowling dropped in and took part in their Saturday Slaughters book group.
The group were discussing her crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling, written under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
Senior library assistant Stewart Bain had invited the author to attend the book group over Twitter the previous day – never expecting that she would take him up on the offer.
The author spent a couple of hours in the library, taking a tour of the building and attending the book group, giving the excited members an opportunity to ask her about her work.
Stewart said: “It really was quite unbelievable. We’d heard a rumour earlier that she had arrived in Orkney and then all of a sudden she was there! We gave her a tour of the library and then she came and sat in on the book group. Everyone was really quite gobsmacked!
“I think it’s fantastic that she came all the way here to see us and shows the level of support and passion that she has for her readers.”
J.K. Rowling tweeted after her visit: “@OrkneyLibrary I had the best time! Thanks for wonderful chat, cake and, of course, letting me touch The Book.”
Orkney Library and Archive is the current Bookseller Awards ‘Library of the Year’ and earlier this week Stewart was awarded the Librarian of the Year award by the Publishers Publicity Circle.