Essays on story-telling by Philip Pullman. Looking forward to getting a copy of The Secret Commonwealth later this week......
In an atmosphere of suspicion, resentment and hostility, many poems are interrogated until they confess, and what they confess is usually worthless, as the results of torture always are: broken little scraps of information, platitudes, banalities. Never mind! The work has been done according to the instructions, and the result...is measured and recorded and tabulated in line with government targets; and this is the process we call education.
Philip Pullman discusses the importance of stories and language, why every right thinking person should be a feminist and why recommended reading ages are bad for readers, authors and books #edbookfest