This week, Philip Pullman spoke to BBC Radio Wales about whether children are reading books that are too easy, as well as giving us another snippet about the book of dust. You can listen to the radio interview here between 26:30 and 30:00. If you aren’t able to listen, we’ve transcribed it below.
This month, you have the chance to see not one but two amateur productions of the His Dark Materials stage adaptation in the UK.
Between 14th and 18th March, you can see the youth arm of the Southport Dramatic Club put on their production of the stage play in Southport. If you’re looking for tickets, the Box Office opens on 6th March.
The Progress Theatre in Reading is performing their amateur production between 23rd March and 1st April, and you can buy tickets now with a £2 discount if you book parts 1 and 2 together.
Attending one of these shows? Let us know as we’d love to post a review from a fan.
Watch Philip Pullman tell us about The Book of Dust, set for release this October…
“There are other stories that can be told about the people in the book and the world of the book, and one of them has been occupying my imagination for quite some time.”
The as-yet untitled first volume will be set in London and Oxford, and will run parallel to the His Dark Materials trilogy. Lyra Belacqua will return in the first two volumes, as a baby and then ten years after the ending of The Amber Spyglass.
Pullman has described the new trilogy as neither a prequel nor a sequel, but an ‘equel’.
“It doesn’t stand before or after His Dark Materials, but beside it. It’s a different story, but there are settings that readers of His Dark Materials will recognise and characters they’ve met before.”
Pullman intends to be involved in the making of the series and mentioned he was delighted with the plan to tell the story in a new medium, saying, “It’s been a constant source of pleasure to me to see this story adapted to different forms.”
His Dark Materials is the first commission from Bad Wolf, a UK/US production company founded by Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner and co-sited in South Wales and Los Angeles and is New Line Cinema’s first move into British television.
His Dark Materials will be Executive Produced by Philip Pullman, Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner for Bad Wolf, Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood for New LineCinema, Bethan Jones for BBC One and Deborah Forte for Scholastic.
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