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31 July, 1965
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Joanne Rowling was born on 31 July, 1965 in a suburban neighbourhood called Yate, just outside of Bristol, to Peter and Ann Rowling. The family later moved a few miles down the road to Winterbourne. Her parents found her to be a disappointment, as they had hoped for a boy.
When Jo was nine years old, the family moved to a village just outside of Chepstow, on the edge of the Forest of Dean. Jo found peace in the forest, noting that it was impossible for her to imagine a crowd in a forest, although she also found it a bit spooky. She wrote stories from an early age, never running out of ideas for names as they lived next door to a graveyard. She and her sister Di earned pocket money as part-time cleaners at the local church, St Luke's; they could not overstate how cold it got in the winter. She was baptised there at age eleven, and was the only one to attend church services regularly.
Adulthood and first marriageEdit
When Jo was twenty years old, her religious beliefs were severely tested when her mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Ann Rowling died in 1990; this was to have a profound affect on Jo's writing.
Honours and AwardsEdit
J. K. Rowling has won the following honours and awards
- Order of the British Empire (OBE), 2001
- Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur: France, 2009
- Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, Spain, 2003
- The Edinburgh Award, 2008
- Honorary Degrees from the University of Exeter, University of St Andrews, Napier University, University of Edinburgh, Dartmouth College, USA, Harvard University, USA, University of Aberdeen.
- Commencement speaker, Harvard University, USA, 2008
- James Joyce Award, University College Dublin, 2008
- Author of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award, British Book Awards,1999 and 2008
- Booksellers Association Author of the Year, 1998 and 1999
- W H Smith Fiction Award, 2004
- Outstanding Achievement Award, South Bank Show Awards, 2008
- Blue Peter Gold Badge, awarded 2007