I’m a big fan of Philip Pullman. His forthright comments on education, age branding of books and a number of other causes often have me cheering in support. This quite apart from the fact that his books are total gems and they have universal appeal to both adults and students in my school that his magical touch with story is wonderful. Here is his lecture on the 40th anniversary of the Open University.
He is talking about the Borderland – the interaction between words, pictures and the reader’s imagination. He talks about his favourite illustrations from books he loves. If you are of a certain age you will recognise some instantly. Set some time aside to have a listen to him. I know it goes for over an hour but it is stimulating and inspirational. Cover some books or something with the sound up!