Interviews Archive

Books Quarterly, 2004

Waterstone’s booksellers were keen to ask Philip pullman about ‘His Dark Materials’. Here’s what he told them.

Bridge to the Stars

His Bright Materials, Dina Rabinovitch, Dec 10th 2003

He likes fireworks – he scattered his stepfather’s ashes via 40 rockets. But it is in children’s minds that Philip Pullman really ignites a spark.

Welcome to my worlds, Erica Wagner, Oct 27th 2003

…Novelist Philip Pullman is happy that the many universes of his fantasy fiction are spilling over to stage and screen…

Philip Pullman, Tamora Pierce, and Christopher Paolini Talk Fantasy Fiction, July 31st 2003

Of course we jumped at the opportunity to host a panel between these three. Of course we did. But not without some reservations. The authors had not previously met, nor would they for this conversation. Instead, we’d conduct the discussion by phone.

CBBC Live Chat Archive & Transcript, 2003

…If I could choose I would like my daemon to be something attractive and beautiful and photogenic and things, all the things that I am not typically. But you can’t choose and it might turn out to be something like a slug that didn’t look very nice at all…

CBBC Live chat (archived)

Philip Pullman Q & A, Various, 2002

…Do you believe in God?

Guardian Online chat (archived)

Driven by Daemons, Sally Vincent, 2001

…”All children are different from each other,” he says. It is something he has said before, but this time there is a nostalgia in his tone: “But all classes are the same.”…, 2001

…What I was trying to do was very much get away from the “He’s called the Dark Lord so he must be evil” idea…

Philip Pullman Reaches the Garden, Dave Weich, 2000

…By the time I’d reached the middle of the first book, The Golden Compass, I was content to exist half in my own world and half in Philip Pullman’s. It seemed appropriate, if somewhat perplexing to casual acquaintances…

Heat and Dust, Huw Spanner, 2000

…Every single religion that has a monotheistic god ends up by persecuting other people and killing them because they don’t accept him. Wherever you look in history, you find that. It’s still going on…