January 15, 2016
Philip Pullman quits UK literary festival over its refusal to pay authors
by Julia Fleischaker
Claiming that he’s “had enough” of authors being asked to work for free, Philip Pullman has stepped down as patron of the Oxford Literary Festival.
The bestselling author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, announced the decision on Twitter:
Because of the Oxford Literary Festival’s attitude to paying speakers (they don’t) I can’t remain as a Patron any longer. I’ve resigned.
— Philip Pullman (@PhilipPullman) January 13, 2016
According to Nick Clark at The Independent:
In an interview with Clark, Pullman stated:
The Oxford Literary Festival is in its 20th year, and one of the biggest festivals in Britain. Sally Dunsmore, the festival’s director, released a statement in response, asserting that the festival was a charity, receives no public funding, and depends on sponsorships and donations for its survival. But Pullman disagrees. “There are festivals that do pay their authors and good for them. The Oxford festival seems to find it difficult and I don’t understand why.”
Julia Fleischaker is a former director of marketing and publicity at Melville House.