Friday, February 09, 2007

Meet Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman will be officially opening the Museum of Oxford's 'A-Z of Literary Oxford Exhibition' at 12.30 tomorrow, Saturday 10th February. The literary treasures and personal quirky items on display will include manuscript pages from Philip Pullman's 'Northern Lights', original printing blocks and copper plates from Oxford University Press and a letter from J R R Tolkien. After the official opening with Lord Mayor Jim Campbell, Philip will be meeting children and signing books from 1-2pm.

Oxford has been the inspiration for much of Philip Pullman's writing. It's a place where the past and the present jostle each other on the pavement, and while of course that's true of many cities in Britain, for Philip, Oxford has a few extra dimensions.

Philip was recently given the Freedom of Oxford in a ceremony at the Town Hall in January this year. Oxford has an astonishingly rich tradition of children's story tellers, and Philip Pullman is a worthy successor to Lewis Carroll and C S Lewis. His Dark Materials is one of the finest imaginative works in English. While it creates and explores new worlds and new systems, its roots are in Oxford. The Lord Mayor was pleased to be able to give the freedom of the city to someone who has given so much enjoyment to children, and adults, all over the world.

To round off the day, The Story Museum is joining forces with the Museum of Oxford to give an amazing presentation by the illustrator and cartoonist Ted Dewan who currently lives in Oxford with his wife, author/illustrator Helen Cooper, and their daughter, Pandora.

Ted will be performing a special updated version of the classic tale, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, using slides, music and featuring not brooms, but inept electronic robots! Visitors will be able to see the story, hear the music (Ted's own synthesizer version of Dukas' famous scherzo) and then join Ted in a wacky robot making workshop for parents and children of 5-12 years.

Tickets to meet Philip Pullman are free, but limited in number tickets for the Sorcerer's Apprentice and Robot Making Workshop are very reasonably priced at £5 for children and £3 for accompanying adults.

For more information contact the Museum of Oxford.


Khylan Seriphyn said...

Wow! That would be an honour to met a man such as Philip Pullman.

Pity I live on the other side of the world.

Jude said...

How exciting. Guess I've missed it now, though. Did you go?

Anita Marion Loughrey said...

Hi Khylan and Jude,
Alas no! I did not manage to get to Oxford as we had guests. I wish I had the courage to say I'd rather see Philip Pullman, but as they'd travelled all the way from Edinburgh, good etiquette prevented me. My mother has a lot to answer for.

Atyllah said...

Oh man! Wish I'd known about the Story Museum - would have loved to have visited it. Guess I'll just have to go back to Oxford again!

Anita Marion Loughrey said...

Yes Nicky.
I wish I'd known about it then too. Maybe next time you're over we could go and have a look?