Philip Pullman's Blog
December 2, 2013
I'm grateful to all those who have taken part in discussions about the various topics that have arisen here. Unfortunately this site, like many others, has been targeted by advertisers of fake Rolex watches and so on, not to mention other less agreeable things, and cluttered the place up so much it's almost impossible to fight your way through. We are in the process of clearing that all up, but in the meantime we'll suspend the discussion forums until we can be sure that anything we don't want is kept off. Meanwhile ...
February 11, 2013
Enid Jones was a remarkable lady, and quite the best teacher I ever knew. I was lucky enough to be one of her pupils at secondary school; she encouraged my interest in her subject, English, and praised my work without ever, as she said, giving it more than 8 out of 10. I sent her all my books (which I expect she would have marked in the same way) and I was privileged to know her as a dear friend. She died recently at the age of 92, physically frail, but mentally as sharp and alert as she had ever been. My work in future will have to go unmarked, but I shall never forget the example she set me of care and accuracy in the composition of English sentences, and even more of the love of poetry, which she communicated so well. Thank you, Enid.
February 7, 2013
My story "I Was a Rat!", adapted by Teresa Ludovico, will open at The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham on 12 February, and then tour to Ipswich, Liverpool, Nottingham, Bury St Edmunds, Truro, Cambridge, Salford, Exeter, Leeds, and Hereford.
December 10, 2012
Philip Pullman's novel The Firework-Maker's Daughter is to be turned into an opera for children. Five singers and two puppeteers will tell the tale of Lila, a girl who wants to make fireworks like her father. Pullman, a former teacher, originally wrote ...
December 7, 2012
As Philip Pullman points out in his succinct introduction to his new selection from their "Fairy Tales," the Grimms' decision "to collect and publish fairy tales was not an isolated phenomenon, but part of a widespread preoccupation of the time." But ...
October 11, 2012
October 7, 2012
Grimm Tales for Young and Old by Philip Pullman Review
October 2, 2012
September 23, 2012
The characters are conventional, the imagery obvious and there's very little description - but the stories are irresistible. Philip Pullman on rewriting fifty of his favourites