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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.