Essays & Articles

Essays by Philip Pullman

Guardian article, Wednesday September 14, 2005

The Tories could sweep back to power on a tide of old Labour votes with some old-fashioned ideas now without a champion.

Guardian essay, Saturday November 6, 2004

Reading is a democratic activity, argues Philip Pullman, and theocracies discourage it. Khomeini’s Iran and the Soviet Union had similarly degraded views of literature – and Bush’s America is heading the same way.

Guardian essay, Thursday August 26, 2004

Sci-fi writers have to know their facts, but it’s the element of mystery that keeps the readers turning the pages, says Philip Pullman.

Guardian essay, March 30th, 2004

Children need the arts as much as they need fresh air, says Philip Pullman. Otherwise they perish on the inside.

Guardian essay, March 4th, 2004

Our rich and varied literary life is under threat from proposals for a new pricing structure on what we read.

Guardian essay, Tuesday September 30, 2003

Here, Philip Pullman, the prizewinning children’s author, argues that we are creating a generation that ‘hates reading and feels nothing but hostility for literature.’

Guardian essay, Thursday June 5, 2003

Creativity is creeping back into the school curriculum, but to succeed there must be room for mystery.

Guardian essay, Saturday December 28, 2002

Can literature change the world? Or should it be above the concerns of society? Philip Pullman argues that while writers have wider duties, they must be faithful servants of their stories.

BBC: Desert Island Discs, Sunday October 6, 2002

Guardian essay: My week by Philip Pullman, Monday June 3, 2002

…I genuinely believed I wouldn’t win anything so my mouth wasn’t dry with nerves. I was peaceable. It was a huge surprise when they announced I’d won the children’s book prize…

Articles about Philip Pullman

Guardian article, Nicholas Lezard, September 13, 2013

Once upon a time there was a writer called Philip who struggled to make a living.

The Oxford Times article, August 19, 2013

OXFORD children’s author Philip Pullman praised the Oxfordshire Reading Campaign and said talking to children was the key to reading success.

Sunday Times article, John Cornwell, October 24, 2004

His fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials, made him a fortune. But some say his writing is blasphemous and label him “the most dangerous man in England”. What goes on beneath Philip Pullman’s cosy storyteller’s guise?

Boston Globe, William Flesch, June 13, 2004

Parallel universes. Fallen angels. An armored polar bear. Can this man’s fantasy books for young readers sneak a visionary taste for the big themes of love and mortality back into literature?

The Times, Celia Dodd, May 08, 2004

Author Philip Pullman talks about his atheism, passion for science, view of consciousness and this extraordinary business of living.

Guardian article

No one believed that Philip Pullman’s modern children’s classic His Dark Materials could work on the stage. But after meeting director Nicholas Hytner, the actors, and key backstage staff, Kate Kellaway firmly believes that the National is on to a winner.

Guardian profile

“We still need joy and delight, the promise of connection with something beyond ourselves. Perhaps children’s literature is the last forum left for such a project.”

Guardian article, Ed Vulliamy, Sunday August 26, 2001

Philip Pullman’s humanist tales of good and evil are a far cry from C. S. Lewis and A. A. Milne. But to the horror of the Religious Right they are a runaway hit.

Guardian article, Angelique Chrisafis, Monday August 12, 2002

Literature risks becoming petty and worthless, warns Whitbread book prize winner.

Guardian essay, Saturday July 27, 2002

Dreaming of spires. In Oxford, likelihood flies out the window. So where better for novelist Philip Pullman to base his fantasy?

Guardian article, Robert McCrum, Sunday January 27, 2002

Last week’s Whitbread Prize winner has created a world inspired by Milton and Blake that is populated by gay angels with a liking for Kendal Mint Cake, nice witches and a delicious villain not a million miles away from Mrs Thatcher. Is this really kids’ stuff? I’m just telling stories, he claims.

Guardian article, John Ezard, Thursday January 24, 2002

The Whitbread judges made the right choice. Philip Pullman’s extraordinary novels are not just for children.