In his final essay on the art of storytelling, Philip Pullman recalls discovering William Blake as a teenager, via Alan Ginsberg's Howl.
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 final essay, Philip recalls how, at the age of sixteen, he discovered visionary 18th century poet William Blake through the "hellish rapture" of beat poet Alan Ginsberg's Howl.
Adapted and produced by Kate McAll
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.
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