Philip Pullman about the importance of fairytales in BBC interview

“There are all sorts of reasons why fairytales are important, and interesting and valuable to us”, says 2005 ALMA Laureate Philip Pullman in an interview with BBC Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark.

“One thing is that they´re engaged with very deep human themes. The difficulties of being a stepparent, the trauma of being hungry and unable to find anything to eat, the thrill and excitement of being young, adventurous and finding your way in the world. These are things that the fairytales deals with.”

Two years ago Pullman released his version of the Fairytales from the Brothers Grimm (Penguin, 2012), a book which have been described as a fresh, sparkling collection of the finest stories from the Brothers Grimm, hand-picked by an author perfectly suited to the task (Library journal). Last week the Grimm Tales for Young and Old opened at Bargehouse on London’s Southbank – a “brand new immersive storytelling experience”.

Watch this rare interview produced by the BBC:

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One Response to “Philip Pullman about the importance of fairytales in BBC interview”

  1. Why should we read fairy tales to children if they can be so terrifying for them? – paraderoliterariocln Says:

    […] “One thing is that they´re engaged with very deep human themes. The difficulties of being a stepparent, the trauma of being hungry and unable to find anything to eat, the thrill and excitement of being young, adventurous and finding your way in the world. These are things that the fairy tales deals with.” To read and hear the interview clic here […]

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