J.K. Rowling Introduces The Ickabog

J.K. Rowling explains in her own words how, why and when The Ickabog was written in a special piece on her own website, www.jkrowling.com, which you can now read in full.

First written over ten years ago as a bedtime story for her younger children, she decided to share the personal family favourite now online and for free, in instalments, to help entertain children, parents and carers confined at home during the coronavirus lockdown.

She is also inviting children around the world to illustrate her story as the serialisation unfolds online. Parents and guardians can enter their children’s artwork into an official Ickabog Illustration Competition being run by J.K. Rowling’s publishers. For more details go to our Illustration Competition page here.

Photography Debra Hurford Brown © J.K. Rowling 2018