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December 2017


The Magic of Storytelling

Theatr Bryn Terfel, Pontio
Thursday 7 December 2017, 20:00–21:30

The Magic of Storytelling

In Conversation with Philip Pullman

Thursday, 7 December, 8pm
Theatr Bryn Terfel
£17.50/£12 students and under 18s
Contact the box office for discounts on group bookings: 01248 38 28 28

Chaired by Jon Gower 

As a passionate believer in the democracy of reading, I don't think it's the task of the author of a book to tell the reader what it means.

The meaning of a story emerges in the meeting between the words on the page and the thoughts in the reader's mind. So when people ask me what I meant by this story, or what was the message I was trying to convey in that one, I have to explain that I'm not going to explain.

Anyway, I'm not in the message business; I'm in the "Once upon a time" business

Philip Pullman, a Fellow of Bangor University, is the acclaimed author of the His Dark Materials trilogy: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. His other books for children and young adults include Count Karlstein and a trilogy of Victorian thrillers featuring Sally Lockhart. Northern Lights, the first of Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, won the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Fiction Prize.

Taking the author’s latest book La Belle Sauvage, Volume 1 of The Book of Dust published this autumn as the point of departure, join us as we explore the magic of storytelling with Philip Pullman. Author and Former BBC Wales arts correspondent Jon Gower leads the discussion.

Age advisory: 11+

Creative Writing and English Literature students at Bangor University will be able to choose new modules in Children's Literature (running from 2017) and Young Adult Fiction (running from 2018) as part of their degrees.