J K Rowling
J K Rowling was born July 31 1965 she is a British novelist, best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series, the Harry Potter series has sold over 400 million books. When writing Harry Potter her mother died of multiple sclerosis, with this she said that she put much more into the books especially of Harry losing his mother because Â‘she knew how it feltÂ’. Forbes has named Rowling as the first person to become a U.S.-dollar billionaire by writing books, the second-richest female entertainer and the 1,062nd richest person in the world. When first listed as a billionaire by Forbes in 2004, Rowling disputed the calculations and said she had plenty of money, but was not a billionaire. In 2000, Rowling established the Volant Charitable Trust, which uses its annual budget of Â£5.1 million to combat poverty and social inequality. The fund also gives to organisations that aid children, one parent families, and multiple sclerosis research. Rowling said, “I think you have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently.” She also has plans to write an encyclopaedia of Harry Potter’s wizarding world consisting of various unpublished material and notes. Any profits from such a book would be given to charity.
Hannah More was born February 2 1945 and died September 7 1833 she was an English religious writer and philanthropist. From 1773 she had associated herself with London’s literary elite, including Samuel Johnson, Joshua Reynolds and Edmund Burke. She also became one of the foremost members of the Bluestocking group of women engaged in polite conversation and literary and intellectual pursuits; in 1782 she published Sacred Dramas which rapidly ran through nineteen editions. These and the poems Bas-Bleu and Florio (1786) mark her gradual transition to more serious views of life, which were fully expressed in prose, in her Thoughts on the Importance of the Manners of the Great to General Society (1788), and An Estimate of the Religion of the Fashionable World (1790). In the late-1780s Hannah and Martha More conducted philanthropic work in the Mendip area, following encouragement by Wilberforce, who saw the poor conditions of the locals when he visited Cheddar in 1789. She was instrumental in setting up twelve schools by 1800 where reading, the Bible and the catechism Â— but not writing Â— were taught to local children. More also donated money to Bishop Philander Chase for the founding of Kenyon College, and a portrait of her hangs there in Pierce Hall. Several local schools and the Hannah More Academy at Reisterstown, Maryland are named in her honour. An image of More was used in 2012 on the Bristol Pound local currency.
Stephanie Cole OBE
Stephanie Cole OBE was born October 5 1941. She trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School from 1958 to 1960 and went on to consolidate her acting skills in repertory theatres around the United Kingdom. She has also performed as a stage actress for more than fifty years. On the West End stage she has featured in Noises Off in 1983 (Savoy Theatre), Steel Magnolias in 1989 (Lyric Theatre) and Quartet in 1999 (Albery Theatre). Her most prominent stage role was as Betty in the hit comedy A Passionate Woman written by Kay Mellor. The play, directed by Ned Sherrin, opened at the Comedy Theatre in 1994 and had a nine month extended run. On the West End’s production’s last curtain call, Cole was made the subject of This Is Your Life. Stephanie was awarded an honorary Masters of Arts degree from the University of Bristol in 2002. In 2005, she was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her services to drama, the elderly and mental health charities. Cole was voted Solihull’s favourite Silhillian in a competition run by Solihull Council in December 2006. She beat Lucy Davis, Martin Johnson and Richard Hammond to pick up the top crown in The S Factor.