[identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
Just a quick post to remind you that there are only two days left until our December contest closes!

This month, we have this stunning giclee print of this cover of The Golden Compass, given to us by cover artist Eric Rohmann. It’s one of a limited edition of 300 and measures approximately 61 x 41cm (24 x 16 inches).

Entering this contest is simple, all you have to do is answer the following question.

What name did Iorek Byrnison give Lyra?

Send your entry in to us at contest@bridgetothestars.net, with the subject line “December Contest” by 11:59pm GMT on the 26th of December. We’ll pick one lucky winner from the correct answers to win this great prize! This contest is open to everyone, good luck!

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/december-contest-reminder/
[identity profile] angelofboox.livejournal.com
It’s that time of month again! And in fact, that time of year, when we’re about to spread some wintery cheer.  This December, we have this stunning giclee print of this cover of The Golden Compass, given to us by cover artist Eric Rohmann. It’s one of a limited edition of 300 and measures approximately 61 x 41cm (24 x 16 inches). Read on to see how to win it in this month’s contest...


All you have to do to enter our December contest is answer the following question:

What name did Iorek Byrnison give Lyra?


Send your entry in to us at contest@bridgetothestars.net, with the subject line “December Contest” by 11:59pm GMT on the 26th of December. We'll pick one lucky winner from the correct answers to win this great prize! This contest is open to everyone, good luck!

Eric Rohmann is an author and illustrator of books for young readers. You can check out more of his work on his website. And if you don't win the contest, you can buy this limited edition print for $275.00, plus shipping and handling.
[identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
Congratulations to the winner of our October Contest: J Diego. His entry to fill in the blanks was picked as the favourite by our very own BTTS staff:
“The brave-hearted girl Lyra and the wary Pan”

He wins a paperback copy of the latest UK edition of Philip Pullman’s The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ! Thanks for all your entries. If you entered but didn’t win, then please accept our heartfelt commiserations. Unfortunately, you may have noticed that there is no November contest this month. But don’t worry, there’ll be one next month with a very special prize, so watch this space!

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/october-contest-winner/
[identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
Last month, we gave YOU a chance to put your questions to Philip Pullman! We got so many questions in, and below are the few that we liked the best, along with Pullman’s answers. Congratulations if your question was asked!

When you were writing His Dark Materials, did you randomly take objects from your environment and make them meaningful, or did you take places that meant something and make them stand out? I have tried to write a novel myself and it just sounded incredibly stilted. - Craig

PP: I don’t think there was anything random about it. Either I chose things because they were meaningful already (such as Iorek Byrnison’s name – it had to be Nordic, of course) or things that just appeared to me turned out to be full of meaningful connections later one (such as the idea of dæmons).

As for finding your writing stilted, don’t worry about that. Just keep going. Your own style will develop the more you write.

Do you have extensive experience in dealing with adolescents/ teens? The ability to connect with that age group is singular and really only found in the best authors. Do you use your own children/ grandchildren as a model or do you actually drop back into that feeling yourself? - Craig

PP: I did teach children of Lyra’s age for twelve years, so I suppose I was familiar with the sort of thing they were interested in. it’s not so easy using your own children for that sort of research, because they grow up so quickly. Teaching is better, because every year there’s a new lot of twelve-year-olds or whatever. And there’s my own memory, which as I grow older becomes more and more important to me.

Why is the name of Lyra’s dæmon “Pantalaimon”? I know, that “Pan” means “all” in greek and “Eleimon” means “merciful”. So is it correct, that the name should be “Allways merciful” – if so, why? It doesn’t seem to me, that Pan is more merciful than the others. Or is it just because you liked the name of St. Panteleimon? – Alex

PP: I didn’t know anything about St Pantaleimon. I just knew that that would be his name. I suppose I just liked the sound of it. Perhaps that’s one of those things that turn out to be meaningful later on (like the answer to the question above).

Clearly parents name a child, but who names the child’s daemon? – Lincoln

PP: The parents’ dæmons, of course.

Exeter College in Oxford is the basis for Jordan College, in Lyra’s Oxford. Exeter has its own logo, does Jordan College have its own logo/coat of arms? If not, what would you consider its logo should represent? – nanaki

PP: Well, firstly, it wouldn’t be called a logo. It would be a coat of arms. If I had to design a coat of arms for Jordan College, I suppose one element of it might be a representation of a river (for the river Jordan). Then I’d have to think about who founded the college, and when, and in what circumstances, and work out how to represent those things, if they were important.

Do you watch Doctor Who, and if so how would you go about writing an episode for it? – Peter

PP: I do sometimes, but I don’t know enough about it to write an episode. Anyway I prefer to work with my own characters than with someone else’s.

Are there any plans for an adaptation of The Tiger in the Well? – Ronni

PP: Not at the moment. There was a script that someone wrote to follow the BBC productions of The Ruby in the Smoke and The Shadow in the North, but I wasn’t happy with it. Nor did I like the first two enough to be very keen to see them do a third. All in all, I was disappointed. But there we are.

Stay tuned for our October contest, coming soon!

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/september-contest-qa-with-philip-pullman/
[identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
There is one day left to enter our September contest, so get your entries in if you haven’t already! This month we’re giving you the chance to ask Philip Pullman a question!

We’re looking for creativity, not a question he’s been asked a million times before. You can send up to three questions to us. We’ll pick our favourite from all of your suggestions, and Pullman will answer it for us!

Send your question(s) in to us at contest@bridgetothestars.net, with the subject line “September Contest” by 11:59pm GMT on the 17th of September. This contest is open to everyone. Good luck!

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/september-contest-one-day-left/
[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] 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
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
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
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
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
Last week, we newsposted about Pullman’s retelling of some of the tales by the Brothers Grimm. In honour of this, our contest for April gives you a chance to win Vintage Grimm: The Complete Fairy Tales, kindly provided by the publishers over at Vintage Classics (Random House). This edition contains the complete modern translation of all 279 of the Brothers Grimm’s collection of fairy tales, and will also have a Philip Pullman-signed bookplate! We don’t know which tales Pullman is re-writing, but if you win then you’ll definitely be equipped with the originals! To enter, simply answer this question:

What were the first names of the Brothers Grimm?

This contest is open to everyone. Send your answer to contest@bridgetothestars.net, with the subject line “Grimm Contest” by 11:59pm GMT on the 22nd of April. Good luck!
[identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
Congratulations to the two winners of our World Book Night Giveaway, Klaris and Sherry! Klaris wins a copy of Northern Lights and Sherry wins a copy of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The books will be winging their way to you as soon as possible.

If you entered but didn’t win, then please accept our heartfelt commiserations. Hopefully, we’ll be having more giveaways and contests soon so watch this space.

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/wbn-giveaway-winners/

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