In the third of five essays on the art of storytelling, Philip Pullman reflects on the power of fairytales on a child's imagination.
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, he turns his attention to fairytales and the power they have on a child's imagination.
Adapted and produced by Kate McAll
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.