On Friday 5th April long-standing favourite writer, Joanne Harris will be joining us to introduce her latest novel 'The Strawberry Thief'.

Do you remember 'Chocolat'? Can you believe it was almost 20 years ago since the book was published? It sold in its millions and was followed by the release of the Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp.

Joanne has written a number of books since then exploring magical realism, mythology and historical fiction, as well as a couple of cookery books! But her latest novel is a return to the chocolaterie on the square, the magic and mystery, and the lessons learned as characters in this small community push and pull together. I've read an advance copy and I didn't want to put it down, delighting in a sense of nostalgia and familiarity, and also reading about the beautiful, delicious confectionery and hot chocolates prepared by Vianne!

I hope you'll join me in meeting Joanne to learn about this book and to find out more of her views on writing and storytelling, and the world of publishing as a whole. She has much to share.