The Benefits of Failure to an Author

It's easy to be jealous of best selling authors, particularly when they look so glamorous! Hard to imagine that some of them have had their share of failure and rejection. But I was very impressed by the content of JK Rowling's speech to new graduates at Harvard recently. The subtitle was 'the fringe benefits of failure', and it was a very personal account of her own development as an author and as a person. She seems to be someone who is a trying hard to make the world a better place as well as someone who is in a position to do it - they don't always go together. The complete text and video of her speech is available here on the Leaky Cauldron site, or on YouTube in three parts.


  1. Kathy
    I am always touched by the way that although you are living in deepest Italy, you seem to have you finger on the pulse of things.
    The subject of this post, for instance. So interesting.

  2. It's not really a finger on the pulse, Wendy - more a finger on the mouse! The internet is wonderful.
    xx KJ


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