[identity profile] thelxiepia.livejournal.com
 Our July contest closes in three days! If you’d like the chance to win a signed copy of The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ (or the two unsigned copies we have as runner-up prizes) enter now!

  

In Northern Lights/The Golden Compass, Lyra is given the truth-telling alethiometer; in the Subtle Knife, Will acquires a knife with intentions of its own; in The Amber Spyglass, Mary makes a spyglass that lets her see something she couldn’t before. The events in each book are shaped by these artefacts. We want YOU to come up with a fourth artefact of your own! Tell us what object you’ve come up with, and in one sentence only, explain what its abilities are.

Send your entry in to contest@bridgetothestars.net, with the subject line “July Contest” by 11:59pm GMT on the 21st of July. The entries will be judged anonymously and the best ones will receive our awesome prizes! Only one entry per person allowed. This contest is open to everyone except BridgeToTheStars.net staff. Good luck!
[identity profile] thelxiepia.livejournal.com
 BridgeToTheStars.net is delighted to announce that we will be teaming up with blogger Mark Oshiro (of Mark Reads) to bring YOU the ultimate The Amber Spyglass reading experience.



Over the next eight weeks, Mark will be reading one chapter of The Amber Spyglass each weekday and writing up his review. We’ll be hosting weekly discussion threads on our forum, The Republic of Heaven, so that you can discuss each chapter, talk spoilers, and predict how Mark will react…

Can’t remember who tried to poison Lord Asriel? Want to know how Lee Scoresby and Iorek Byrnison met? We’ll also be here to answer any questions you have about the His Dark Materials multiverse.

Whether you’re re-reading along with Mark, already finished The Amber Spyglass (we know some of you couldn’t wait) or are just along for the ride, discuss each chapter as Mark Reads it*, and we’ll have some special treats for you along the way!

Click here for our Mark Reads The Amber Spyglass week one discussion thread.

*Beware, there will be spoilers for The Amber Spyglass in the discussion thread, so stick to the Mark Reads site if you’ve not read the books already!
[identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
Philip Pullman will be speaking at an event to raise funds for the Libraries of Brent, North London, on Wednesday the 20th of July. He will be reading from The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, talking to novelist Maggie McGee and answering questions from the audience.

The event will be at 7pm at the Queen’s Park Community School hall and tickets are £10 and can be found at the following:

* The Lexi Cinema, Chamberlayne Road, NW10
* Queens Park Books, 87 Salusbury Road, NW6 (tel. 0207 625 1008)
* L’Angolos deli, College Rd, NW10


For more information, go here.
[identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
The London Literature Festival was opened on Thursday the 30th of June, by Philip Pullman. He spoke about his early life, his love of public libraries (calling them ‘a fantastic treasure chest‘), and his thoughts on current politics. He also spoke about his newest work, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ.

He said a few things sraffies would find surprising, such as his dislike for fantasy as a genre. “I realised that His Dark Materials would have to be fantasy – realised with a heavy heart, because I don’t really like fantasy.”

On the subject of storytelling and how long it can take, he said, “time spent telling a great story is never time wasted.“

But Pullman reveals he never writes a first draft when he sets about telling his stories: “I never write first drafts: I write the last draft fourteen times.”

To listen to his hour-long speech, go here. You can read more about his opening speech at the Festival’s official blog, here.

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/pullman-at-london-literature-festival/
[identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
For our July Contest, we’re giving you the chance to win a copy of Pullman’s latest novel, The Good Man Jesus and The Scoundrel Christ, kindly provided to us by Canongate Books. One lucky winner will receive a copy of it with a Pullman-signed bookplate, while two runners-up will get a copy of the book. That’s right, July’s contest has THREE prizes! That means you’re THREE TIMES more likely to win this contest than our previous ones. Read on to find out how to enter…

In Northern Lights/The Golden Compass, Lyra is given the truth-telling alethiometer; in The Subtle Knife, Will acquires a knife with intentions of its own; in The Amber Spyglass, Mary makes a spyglass that lets her see something she couldn’t before.

The events in each book are shaped by these artefacts. We want YOU to come up with a fourth artefact of your own! Tell us what object you’ve come up with, and in one sentence only, explain what its abilities are.

Send your entry in to contest@bridgetothestars.net, with the subject line “July Contest” by 11:59pm GMT on the 21st of July. The entries will be judged anonymously and the best ones will receive our awesome prizes! Only one entry per person allowed. This contest is open to everyone except BridgeToTheStars.net staff. Good luck!
[identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
The Republic of Heaven Book Club has chosen its June/July book – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins!

TRoH’s book club chooses a book to read and discuss on a bi-monthly basis and membership is open to all.

To join the book club, submit yourself in the book club usergroup on the forum. (You must be registered to the forum first.) Non-members can post in the discussion threads in the book club sub-forum but cannot nominate and vote for new books or start new topics.

You can buy the book on amazon.co.uk and amazon.com.

In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch.

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/junejuly-book-club-the-hunger-games/
[identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
Congratulations to the winner of our June contest: Hania, who correctly answered that the Lyra grew up in Jordan College! She’s won a copy of The Subtle Knife containing a Philip Pullman-signed bookplate.

If you entered but didn’t win, then please accept our heartfelt commiserations. There’ll be another contest next month, so watch this space!

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/june-contest-winner/
[identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
Philip Pullman will be launching the London Literature Festival this year, on Thursday the 30th of June. The festival, which will be running for two weeks until the 14th of July, will feature other famous faces such as Alan Hollinghurst, Iain Sinclair, Liz Lochhead, Alexander McCall Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Zaha Hadid and many others.

At his event at the festival, Pullman will be reading from and discussing some of his novels, including his newest work, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. Ticket prices range from £10 to £14 and are available to purchase here.

Source.

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/pullman-to-open-london-literature-festival/
[identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
Philip Pullman was given an award for services to Humanism at the British Humanist Association’s annual conference in Manchester on Saturday. He has been a long-time supporter of the BHA.

Since the publication of His Dark Materials, Pullman has become known as a public commentator on religion, education and literature. He was chosen by The Independent for its ‘Good List 2006′ of ’50 campaigners, thinkers and givers’.

Source.

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/humanist-award-for-pullman-2/
[identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
Canongate have published a new edition of The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ this month, due to the book’s success.

The controversial novel retold the story of Jesus as if he were two people, twin brothers; Jesus, a godly man and Christ, a power-hungry one. And was one of the most talked-about books of last year. It has sold over ten thousand copies since its release in 2010.

The book is available on amazon.co.uk and on Kindle.

Below Pullman talks about controvery and his right to write about whatever he likes.



http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/new-the-good-man-jesus-and-the-scoundrel-christ-paperback/
[identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
Philip Pullman has contributed to this week’s issue of The New Statesman, a British political and cultural magazine. It is guest-edited this week by Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury. Pullman will, in this issue, be explaining why he is a ‘Church of England atheist’.

Other contributors this week include, Terry Eagleton on secularism, Richard Curtis on the scourge of malaria; and Victoria Coren on the question of faith versus poker.

The issue, cover-dated 13 June, will go on sale in London on Thursday 9 June and in the rest of the country from Friday 10 June. International buyers can obtain copies through their website.

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/pullman-in-new-statesman/
[identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
It’s June, and time for our monthly contest! Last month, we gave away the new UK edition of Northern Lights to the winner of our haiku contest. This month’s prize is, you guessed it, the new UK edition of The Subtle Knife, signed by Philip Pullman.

For a chance to win this month’s contest, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In which Oxford college did Lyra grow up?

a) Trinity College
b) Magdalen College
c) Jordan College

If you need some help, our His Dark Materials page may just be able to help you! To enter, send your answer to contest@bridgetothestars.net, with the subject line “June Contest” by 11:59pm GMT on the 21st of June. This contest is open to everyone. Good luck!

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/june-contest-win-a-signed-tsk/
[identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
Philip Pullman is one of the fifty-nine finalists selected for the Hans Christian Andersen Awards, which is the highest international recognition a writer or illustrator of children’s books can be awarded. Other finalists include Peter Sís, Chris Raschka, John Burningham, and Paul Fleischman.

The award is presented every two years by the International Board on Books for Young People and has existed since 1956 (1966 for illustrators.)

The chair of the International Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury, Maria Jesus Gil and Jury members from Argentina, Austria, Brazil, France, Greece, Iran, Russia, Sweden, Turkey, and the United States will meet on the 10th and 11th of March, 2012. The winners will be announced on the 19th of March, 2012 at the IBBY Press Conference at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

Click here for more information on the Hans Christian Andersen Awards.

Source.

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/pullman-up-for-hans-christian-anderson-award/
[identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
Thanks to everyone who entered our May Haiku Contest on The Idea of the North! We had some great haikus submitted, all of which were judged anonymously by our staff. We can now announce that the winner, and recipient of a signed copy of the latest UK edition of Northern Lights, is Jonas! Here is his winning haiku:

The Idea of the North

Deep snow far from home,
Warm your heart and mind, look up :
A sky full of light.


Special mention also goes to the runner up, Imogen! For those of you that didn’t win or those of you who didn’t enter this time round, we’ll have another contest for June in just a few days so watch this space.

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/may-haiku-contest-winner/
[identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
Philip Pullman will be appearing at HowTheLightGetsIn, the world’s largest philosophy and music festival, in Hay-on-Wye on Sunday the 5th of June. The festival brings together over 200 philosophers, writers, musicians, politicians, artists and commentators for ten days of rigorous debate, incisive solo talks, film screenings, live performance, and late-night parties.

The Great Escape – Sunday 5th June 2011 – 4pm

From Narnia to Ankh-Morpork to Hogwarts, our exposure to the fantastical is soaring to new heights. Is fantasy simply an escape from a hostile world or a triumphant way of dealing with the realities of every day? Award-winning novelists Gwyneth Jones and Philip Pullman, stage and screen actress Emilia Fox and film director Mike Figgis join Andrew Copson for a journey beyond reality. In association with the British Humanist Association.

Advance price tickets cost £6.00, Full Price tickets are £10.00. To find out more about the festival, go here. If you’re planning on attending, let us know! We’d love to hear from you.

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/philip-pullman-at-hay-festival/
[identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
Back in April we reported that Clockwork, one of Philip Pullman’s novels, had been adapted into an Opera by Visible Fiction and the Scottish Opera, and would be touring through Scotland in June.

Our compatriots over at Cittàgazze managed to get an interview with Douglas Irvine, Visible Fiction’s Artistic Director, about the project and his thoughts on it.

Interview behind the cut )

The interview is available in French over at Cittàgazze’s website.

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/clockwork-director-talks-to-sraffies/#more-1069
[identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
It’s May! And with a new month comes a new contest. This month’s prize is a copy of Northern Lights (known as The Golden Compass in the USA) with the latest UK cover design, released just last month. Whether you’re already a fan or new to the trilogy, we’re sure you’d love a signed copy of Northern Lights on your bookshelf.

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In Northern Lights, the adventure begins with a simple idea: the protagonist, Lyra, hears about snow, armoured bears, the Aurora Borealis, and is enchanted with the idea.

For a chance to win this contest, we want you to write us a haiku about the Idea of the North. A haiku is a short poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five. The haiku judged the best will win the prize.

This contest is open to everyone except BTTS staff members. Send your entry to contest@bridgetothestars.net, with the subject line “May Haiku” by 11:59pm GMT on the 22nd of May. Good luck!

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/contest-for-may/
[identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
Clockwork or All Wound Up has been adapted into an opera by Composer David Trouton and Visible Fiction’s director Douglas Irvine. Both are fans of the classic Pullman fairytale-esque book, which is a spooky story about an apprentice clockwork-maker, a storyteller and a mechanical knight constructed by an evil genius.

The opera, which premiered on Wednesday the 13th of April, ran at the Tron theatre in Glasgow until the 16th of April, and will now be touring around Scotland until June. For information about locations and buying tickets, look here. The opera is suitable for ages eight and up, and is approximately 110 minutes long.

“Douglas Irvine’s adaptation is brisk and beautiful…” – The Scotsman.

If you’re planning on seeing Clockwork or have already seen it – let us know! We’d love to hear your review.

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/clockwork-opera-a-success/
[identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
Last Friday, Philip Pullman opened an outdoor learning centre at an Oxford Primary school. The garden was designed and made by BA (Hons) Furniture: Design & Craft students at Buckinghamshire New University, volunteers and artists; and was once just an unnused stretch of land by the school’s bike shed.

Andrew Shenton, Senior Lecturer of Furniture at BNU, said about the project: “The garden is a unique environment where children can walk along different paths and use question posts and other outdoor learning materials, like sentence builders, character blocks and drawing walls, to help develop their ideas. [...] Each phase of the process is represented by question and character posts, sentence builders and drawing walls. It is an exciting project which the students have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in and which will provide enjoyment and wonder for generations to come.”

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/pullman-opens-school-garden/
[identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
Our compatriots over at HisDarkMaterials.Org have unearthed Chris Weitz’ original script for the Golden Compass movie. It differs from the actual movie in many ways, and is a far more accurate adaption of the books that we all love.

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/golden_compass_script_available/

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