As we previously reported, J.K. Rowling will be participating in BBC2 and BBC Radio 4 specials in promotion for The Casual Vacancy. More details about the two interviews have now been released.
BBC has announced that during her Radio 4, ‘Front Row’ special, J.K. Rowling will be interviewed by British journalist and broadcaster Mark Lawson. The two will discuss a variety of topics including her forthcoming novel, Harry Potter, and her appearance at the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The interview will air on Thursday, September 27 at 7:15-7:45 GMT on BBC Radio 4.
From BBC’s announcement:
In a wide-ranging conversation with Mark Lawson, JK Rowling discusses the inspiration for her new novel The Casual Vacancy, and also reflects on the Olympic opening ceremony, the effects of her success with Harry Potter – and whether she will return to her most famous character.
BBC2 has also released a synopsis for their upcoming television special, Writing for Grown-Ups: A Culture Show Special. The program will air on Wednesday, September 26 from 10:00-10:30 GMT and will be an in-depth look into the novel and the author’s life, now that she has moved on from Harry Potter.
One of the most hotly anticipated books of the year, The Casual Vacancy is published on 27 September 2012 and details are shrouded in secrecy. Expectation and pressure are enormous. In this Culture Show Special, broadcast the night before the novel is published, JK Rowling will finally reveal the exact nature of the novel, with exclusive readings and in-depth discussion about its ideas, characters and inspiration.
Interviewer James Runcie will meet the notoriously private writer in her hometown of Edinburgh to find out about the pressure and pitfalls of following up the 20th Century’s biggest literary phenomenon. Rowling will reveal how she finally moved on from Potter and the challenges of making the leap writing fiction for adults.
Runcie believes The Casual Vacancy is an intensely personal and passionate work, reveals unseen facets of the writer and will shock many of her fans. The world has changed since 2007 [the year Deathly Hallows was released], and Rowling has taken on some huge themes.
I don’t know about you, but this looks like a pretty interesting interview! The part that caught our eye was ‘[The Casual Vacancy] reveals unseen facets of the writer and will shock many of her fans.’ It is definitely a must-see. We do suspect that this will be different than all the rest of interviews, as it is a more wider view into the private life of J.K. Rowling, much like Runcie’s 2007 documentary J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life.
We’ll be sure to have the whole special for you once it is online, and the same goes for the radio interview. Be sure to check our Twitter, as we’ll have them as soon as they are available!
The BBC special is something we won’t be missing. What about you? What are you looking forward to seeing?