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SJ/3476 6th May 2004

One of Britain's most celebrated children's writers, Philip Pullman will be attending UCE Birmingham next week to deliver a lecture entitled 'teaching at liberty.'

Philip, who received the CBE earlier this year, has been invited by the Faculty of Education to deliver this year's Sandra Armstrong Invitation Lecture.

Sandra, who sadly died in 1999, worked at UCE Birmingham for a number of years and provided inspiration for several generations of history teachers with both a love and a discipline for the subject.

Roger Woods, dean of UCE Birmingham's faculty of Education, said: "As well as being one of this country's most original writers, Philip is a great orator who can hold an audience rapt for hours. It's not every university that is privileged to enjoy an association like this."

Philip's most recent publication is Lyra's Oxford (2003). During his career, he has been successful in winning a number of awards. Northern Lights won the 1996 Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the British Book Award. He was also awarded the United Kingdom Reading Award and the International Reading Association Children's Book Award in 1998.

After he left school Philip attended Exeter College, Oxford, to read English and eventually became a teacher. He taught at various middle schools for twelve years, and then moved to Westminster College, Oxford, to be a part-time lecturer. He taught courses on the Victorian novel and on the folk tale. He eventually left teaching in order to write full-time.

The lecture starts at 5 pm on Thursday, 13th May. For further information, please telephone Lynn Hick on 0121 331 7318.

For further information please contact UCE Birmingham Media Relations Office on 0121 331 7730, e-mail her or Elaine Taylor on 0121 331 5115, email elaine.taylor@uce.ac.uk.

 


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