In the second of five essays on the art of storytelling, Philip Pullman remembers the impact of reading Milton's Paradise Lost aloud for the first time.
In these personal, entertaining and deeply thoughtful essays, Philip Pullman examines the art of storytelling.
Written over a period of 30 years, they reflect on a wide range of topics including the origins of his own stories, the practice of writing and the storytellers who have most inspired him.
In today's essay, Philip remembers the impact of reading Milton's Paradise Lost aloud for the first time at school, and how the memory of that moment influenced His Dark Materials.
Adapted and produced by Kate McAll
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.