Butterfly Soup with Philip Pullman
On 17th November Philip Pullman gave a reading from a new unpublished work at an event to raise funds for Oxford’s Pegasus Theatre.
This December Philip Pullman is set to join the ranks of other stellar authors from Oxford when one of his most famous books is turned into a film. The ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy has already been adapted for radio and theatre and in December 2007 the first part will be released as a Hollywood blockbuster starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig.
At St John’s College on the 17th of November a lucky few got the chance to hear a world exclusive: the author himself reading from a brand new unpublished work. 'Once Upon A Time In The North' will be a prequel to the trilogy, charting the early adventures of Iorek Byrnison and Lee Scoresby.
The audience sat captivated as Pullman read the text, which included an amusing passage from a 'How To Fly A Balloon' manual. Unfortunately for Lee Scoresby, the bit about how to land a balloon was missing! The reading was even preempted by Pullman apologising for his not-so-perfect Texan accent!
The children of Pegasus Theatre subjected Philip to some searching questions on his work and his love of the theatre. Indeed, the event at the college will raise money for the Pegasus Theatre which is the home of Oxford Youth Theatre in the city, and of which the author is an ardent supporter.
A short film was shown of the youth and community productions so integral to developing artists in our local community. Over £4 million has already been raised for the redevelopment of the theatre's current post-war buildings but they are still some way short of their target. You can contribute by clicking on the link on the top right hand side of this page.
Philip Pullman had a few moments to speak to BBC Oxford Online, and you can listen in by clicking on the link below.
last updated: 05/03/2008 at 11:34