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About Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman, novelist and advocate of the literary imagination, was born in Norwich in 1946, and educated in England, Zimbabwe, and Australia, before settling in North Wales, and reading English in Exeter College, Oxford. His most well-known work is the trilogy His Dark Materials. He has been awarded the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Book Award, and the Whitbread Book of the Year Award - the first time it was given to a children's book. In 2009 he gave a keynote speech at the Convention on Modern Liberty.

Articles by Philip Pullman

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

William Blake: apprentice and master

While the English language is gifted with many great poets, William Blake was alone in writing so simply, and so powerfully, and so unforgettably. Now a new exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum is celebrating his visual and literary work in tandem. 

This is the Big Society, you see. It must be big, to contain so many volunteers.

Outraged by his local council's decision to close half the libraries in Oxfordshire, the author of the Dark materials trilogy delivers a broadside against market fundamentalism, the cuts and the 'Big Society' that goes with them.

This election will define our country - message on behalf of Power2010

Gordon Brown has called the election. He, David Cameron, Nick Clegg and hundreds of candidates will soon be courting your vote. But the truth is they're asking you to send them to a broken Parliament.

We are a better people

Philip Pullman considers the virtues that a nation requires to be fit for human beings to live in.

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