The Telegraph interviews Philip Pullman
The award-wining author of His Dark Materials discusses judging Off by Heart, the BBC’s national poetry recitation competition for primary schoolchildren.
Showing as part of the BBC’s Poetry Season, Off by Heart is a BBC Two project to coax children to dip their toe in poetry. Over the past year, 1,500 primary schools across the country have participated in a poetry recital competition. The 12 best young recitalists have been selected to compete in the final, compered by Jeremy Paxman. A 90-minute documentary about it is on BBC Two tomorrow night.
“It might encourage some children to get into poetry who might never otherwise have done so. Not every child is a sporting hero or the most popular person in class. I’m all in favour of giving children an opportunity to shine in other areas, like poetry recital.”
Read the entire interview here.
Philip Pullman was born on the 19th October, 1946 in Norwich, England. Pullman is best known for the series of books entitled His Dark Materials, the award winning children’s literature consisting of Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.
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