Philip Pullman (1964-present) International Humanist 2008."What I care about is whether people are cruel or whether they're kind, whether they act for democracy or for tyranny, whether they believe in open-minded inquiry or in shutting the freedom of thought and expression."
Philip Pullman is the award-winning author of the His Dark Materials His Dark Materials is a trilogy of novels by the fantasy fiction author Philip Pullman, comprising Northern Lights (released as The Golden Compass in North America and published in 1995), The Subtle Knife (1997) and The Amber Spyglass trilogy. He was born on October 19, 1946, in Norwich, Norfolk, England, the son of a Royal Air Force pilot. As a youth he attended schools in England The schools in England are organised into nine lists, one for each region of England.
Pullman attended Exeter College in Oxford, studied English, and received a Third Class BA in 1968. After working several odd jobs, he returned to the Oxford area and taught in various middle schools for twelve years. In 1970 he married Judith Speller spell·er
1. One who spells words: students who are good spellers.
2. An elementary textbook containing exercises that teach spelling.
Noun 1. . Becoming a part-time lecturer at Westminster College, Oxford Westminster College, Oxford was founded in 1851 in Horseferry Road, London, and originally specialised in the training of teachers for Methodist schools. Its neo-Gothic buildings were requistioned during World War I and used as a station for Australian servicemen, during which time , in 1986, Pullman taught students who were pursuing a Bachelor's of Education. There, he had the opportunity to teach courses about the Victorian novel and on the folk tale, as well as a course that examined how words and pictures fit together.
Though best known for his children's books, he has also penned adult fantasy fiction and short stories, which he terms fairy tales. He began his work on His Dark Materials in 1993, Northern Lights (1995, titled The Golden Compass in the U.S.), The Subtle Knife (1997), and The Amber Spyglass (2000). They have variously been honored both in the United States and the United Kingdom, including the Carnegie Medal for children's fiction, the Guardian's Children's Book Award, and the Whitbread Prize for best children's book. In 2002 the concluding volume of the trilogy, The Amber Spyglass, won the Whitbread Book of the Year prize, the first children's book to receive that award. Pullman was announced as joint winner of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for children's literature in 2005.
Pullman is a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association The British Humanist Association is an organisation of the United Kingdom which promotes Humanism. The BHA is committed to secularism, human rights, democracy, equality and mutual respect. and an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society The National Secular Society is a British organisation which promotes secularism. It was founded by Charles Bradlaugh in 1866. The society is a member organisation of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, and endorses the Amsterdam Declaration 2002. (UK). On his website he says of organized religion:
The trouble is that all too often in human history, churches and priesthoods have set themselves up to rule people's lives in the name of some invisible god (and they're all invisible, because they don't exist)--and done terrible damage. In the name of their god, they have burned, hanged, tortured, maimed, robbed, violated, and enslaved millions of their fellow-creatures, and done so with the happy conviction that they were doing the will of God, and they would go to Heaven for it. That is the religion I hate, and I'm happy to be known as its enemy.
A movie adaptation of The Golden Compass was released nationwide on December 7, 2007, in U.S. theaters. The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Liberties called for a boycott of the film, claiming that it "sells atheism atheism (ā`thē-ĭz'əm), denial of the existence of God or gods and of any supernatural existence, to be distinguished from agnosticism, which holds that the existence cannot be proved. to kids." Pullman will be receiving the International Humanist Award at the 2008 World Humanist Congress, jointly sponsored by the American Humanist Association The American Humanist Association (AHA) is an educational organization in the United States that advances Humanism. It is the original Humanist organization, and embraces secular, religious, and other manifestations of Humanist philosophy. and the International Humanist and Ethical Union