Philip Pullman

The author Philip Pullman was born in Norwich in 1946 and travelled all over the world during his childhood, settling in North Wales  at the age of 11. After attending Ysgol Ardudwy in Harlech, he then went on to study English at Exeter College , Oxford .

At the age of 25, Philip Pullman began his teaching profession and taught at various schools in Oxford before moving to Westminster College in 1986, where he spent eight years teaching students on the BEd course. But it's his writing that's made Philip Pullman a household name. He's published 20 books to date, his first being the children's book Count Karlstein in 1982.

Philip Pullman has also written a number of shorter stories including The Firework-Maker's Daughter , I Was a Rat !, and Clockwork . However, his most well-known work is the mysterious and magical trilogy His Dark Materials , beginning with Northern Lights in 1995, The Subtle Knife in 1997 and concluding with The Amber Spyglass in 2000. These books have won several prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Book Award, and the Whitbread Book of the Year Award - the first time in history that the prize was given to a children's book.

In 2005 he was announced as joint winner of the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for children's literature