Joanne Harris sees off vote to oust her from Society of Authors role

Novelist said ‘rationality has prevailed’ after resolution to unseat her as chair was comprehensively defeated

The novelist Joanne Harris has seen off an attempt to remove her from a leading position at the UK’s largest trade union for writers, illustrators and translators, after members comprehensively backed her in a vote.

A resolution that was debated by members of the Society of Authors at its annual meeting on Thursday said that Harris’s behaviour and comments were “not compatible with the society’s goals of protecting free expression and [its] policy of dignity and respect”.

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