Signed Harry Potter first edition to go up for auction as part of Book Week Scotland…

The online charity auction is part of Book Week Scotland, with proceeds going towards the Scottish Book Trust’s programmes.

Signed Harry Potter book (Book Week Scotland)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has been signed by author JK Rowling and is sure to be a popular item among fans looking for a piece of Potter magic.

Also on offer is the chance to win a portrait from illustrator Chris Riddell, who was the 2015 – 2017 UK Children’s Laureate and also a political cartoonist for the Observer.

Chris will produce a portrait illustration of the winning bidder, or someone of their choosing, creating a unique keepsake or a wonderful gift.

Other items up for grabs include the opportunity for an unpublished writer to receive advice on getting published from leading literacy agency, Jenny Brown Associates.

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Which individuals have sponsored a professional club’s shirt?

“Guitar-toting indie tyro Jake Bugg is sponsoring Notts County’s kit throughout November. Is this the first time an individual has been a professional club’s shirt sponsor?” poses Gregg Bakowski.

“Gregg Bakowski need not have been a detective to find at least one previous instance of an individual personally sponsoring a strip,” quips Raith Rovers fan Iain Wallace. “Crime writer Val McDermid was Raith’s primary strip sponsor for two seasons from 2014 and her name remains emblazoned above our away stand (in memory of her father, a club scout). She also only recently stepped down from the board of directors.”

Val McDermid poses with her Raith Rovers shirt. Photograph: SNS Group Craig Foy/SNS Group

Several Knowledgeable folk have written in to point out the very same fact, thank you George Cook, Niall MacGalloway and Iain Wallace.

“Sheffield Wednesday have been sponsored by individuals on two separate occasions. Currently by Dejphon Chansiri their tuna chairman and also by some bloke called Mr Tom!” Whilst Putu Winchester is correct about Mr Chansiri, Mr Tom is a delicious peanut-based snack bar (other peanut-based snack bars are available and they may or may not be delicious). The Chansiri sponsorship was also spotted by Peter Russell.

Along the same lines as Mr Chansiri, Nick Turnbull highlights a similar circumstance at Ipswich: “Marcus Evans has been sponsoring Ipswich Town since he bought the club, which has always seemed slightly bizarre to me.” Not quite sure what Nick considers bizarre, Evans buying Ipswich or putting his name on the shirt.

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Stratford-on-Avon MP to appear on BBC Question Time…

Stratford-on-Avon MP Nadhim Zahawi has been named on the panel for this week’s edition of BBC Question Time.

Mr Zahawi will appear alongside shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, crime writer Val McDermid and assistant editor of the Spectator and Sun newspaper columnist Rod Liddle.

The programme, which is presented by David Dimbleby, will be broadcast live from Newcastle at 10.45pm on Thursday, 16th November.

Mr Zahawi has appeared twice before on the program in March 2014 and October 2015.

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