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Philip Pullman recalls his childhood years in Harlech
ONE of the best writers of the last 60 years will recall his childhood years in Harlech in a new documentary. In a BBC documentary which will air on Monday, Philip Pullman speaks of the place which inspired him to become a writer.
Born into an English military family, his early childhood saw him travel the world to Australia, Africa and Europe. But following the death of his father, his mother remarried and Philip found himself in north Wales when his stepfather was posted to RAF Llanbedr. He lived in the area for ten years and said that over time he came to love it.
The author said he grew from a boy to a man in Harlech, living through the rites of passage that he now writes about. Philip said: “The time my family spent in north Wales was only ten years. “And I was very lucky, because having the friends I did, reading the books I read, prepared me for the rest of my life. “I knew I wanted to write books, and I got those ambitions, that sensibility, from the time I spent in Wales.”
The documentary includes stories from Philip’s former school friends and teachers, and fans and admirers of all ages, and delves into his Welsh background and the search for the sources of his inspiration.
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