The commonest question writers get asked is: where do you get your ideas from? The truthful answer is: I dunno. They just turn up. But when you are wandering about with your mouth open and your eyes glazed waiting for them to do so, there are few better places to wander about in than Oxford, as many novelists have discovered. I put it down to the mists from the river, which have a solvent effect on reality. A city where South Parade is in the north and North Parade is in the south, where Paradise is lost under a car park, where the Magdalen gargoyles climb down at night and fight with those from New College, is a place where, as I began by saying, likelihood evaporates.
Philip Pullman writes about Oxford, the act of writing stories and inspiration.
Philip Pullmann est l'auteur de la trilogie "A la croisée des mondes" ("His Dark Materials"). Un des meilleurs livres (pour ado mais les adultes s'y retrouvent sans peine) que j'ai lu cette année. Bien supérieur à mon avis à "Harry Potter".