Philip Pullman IBW Events, Exclusive Library, Tote Bags


First, there is the launch today of a competition for independent booksellers to win a visit from Philip Pullman during Independent Bookshop Week (16th-23rd June).
Independent booksellers are invited to pitch an experience, inspired by the world of The Book of Dust and His Dark Materials, in order to win a coveted appearance from Pullman during a week which celebrates the magic of independent bookshops. Details of how to take part in the competition to win an event with Philip Pullman for Independent Bookshop Week can be found here
Secondly, 300 independents also have the chance to win a ‘Philip Pullman Collection’ to offer to their customers as a one-off prize. This must-have gift set contains seven titles that span Pullman’s body of work: the three volumes of His Dark Materials, La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust, Daemon Voices: Essays on Storytelling, Clockwork and The Firework-Maker’s Daughter.
Details on the Philip Pullman Collection competition can be found here
 Finally, we can reveal that La Belle Sauvage will feature as the children’s tote bag design for the Books Are My Bag 2018 campaign Bookshop Day (6th October).
Philip Pullman says: “I’m very happy to be taking part in this year’s Books are My Bag campaign. There’s nowhere more delightful to visit than a local bookshop! I hope people will enjoy all the wonderful authors and illustrators whose books they’ll see in the windows and find on the tables during Independent Bookshop Week.”
In addition to the IBW & Books Are My Bag activity, Penguin Random House Children’s will release refreshed editions of Philip Pullman’s bestselling fairy tales with artwork by Peter Bailey. Six titles - Clockwork, I Was a Rat!, The Firework-Maker’s Daughter, The Scarecrow and His Servant, Count Karlstein and Spring-Heeled Jack - will be published on Thursday 7th June 2018.
This comes ahead of the paperback publication of La Belle Sauvage on 6th September 2018. The paperback edition will feature newly created full-page illustrations by the La Belle Sauvage illustrator, Chris Wormell.
Key campaign dates throughout the year are as follows: 

  • Thursday 19th April: competitions open to win one of three visits from Philip Pullman during Independent Bookshop Week and to win the ‘Philip Pullman library’ giftset
  • Saturday 2nd June: Philip Pullman appears at the Hay Festival, Wales
  • Thursday 7th June: six repackaged fairytales published by Penguin Random House Children’s
  • 16th- 23rd June: Philip Pullman bookshop appearances during IBW
  • Thursday 6th September: paperback edition of La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One is published
  • Saturday 6th October: limited-edition The Book of Dust Books Are My Bag tote bag is released into bookshops for Bookshop Day, featuring stunning gold lettering and daemons against a navy backdrop
  • Saturday 6th October: Philip Pullman appears at the Bath Children’s Festival, England
Good luck with your competition entries and your bids to host a Philip Pullman event – we look forward to helping promote those events nearer the time.