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The Book of Dust: Philip Pullman in Conversation


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Engrossing, complex and subversive, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy is rich in myth and metaphysics.

The series, which follows the adventures of intrepid heroine Lyra Belacqua, won international acclaim, drew the ire of religious conservatives and has been translated into 40 languages. Pullman is a master storyteller and living legend, whose books continue to fascinate children and adults around the world.

It may have been 17 years since the last His Dark Materials book, but Pullman’s themes of totalitarianism, original sin and dark matter feel more pertinent today than ever. His feverishly anticipated new release, The Book of Dust, is neither prequel nor sequel but ‘equal’ to the trilogy, sitting alongside it, and expanding upon many of the same ideas.

On a very special night in October, Philip Pullman will appear live via videolink for a conversation with Michael Williams. He’ll talk power and provocation (and, of course, daemons and Dust) in literature today.


Watch the live stream below.


Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman is one of the most highly respected children’s authors writing today. Winner of many prestigious awards, including the Carnegie of Carnegies and the Whitbread Award, Pullman’s epic fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials has been acclaimed as a modern classic. It has sold 17.5 mill... Read more

Michael Williams

Michael Williams joined Sydney Writers’ Festival in September 2020, as the Artistic Director navigating the post-pandemic landscape going into the 2021 festival. He has spent the past decade at the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne; as its founding Head of Programming in 200... Read more


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