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The Great Escape

Frank Furedi, Gwyneth Jones, Philip Pullman. Andrew Copson hosts.

From Narnia to Ankh-Morpork to Hogwarts, our exposure to the fantastical is soaring to new heights. Is fantasy simply an escape from a hostile world or a triumphant way of dealing with the realities of every day?

The Panel

Award-winning novelists Gwyneth Jones and Philip Pullman and sociologist and philosopher Frank Furedi join Andrew Copson for a journey beyond reality.

In association with the British Humanist Association.

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  • Frank Furedi
    The Pitch
    Fantasy is the greatest human adventure
  • Gwyneth Jones
    The Pitch
    Visual culture allows us to imagine other worlds
  • Philip Pullman
    The Pitch
    Realism is nobler than fantasy
  • The Debate
    Theme One
    The nature of fantasy now
  • The Debate
    Theme Two
    Fantasy and reality
  • The Debate
    Theme Three
    Fantasy and morality
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TheGoldenMonkey on 20/12/2012 1:52pm

To suggest that fantasy is merely escapism is equivalent to accusing all fictions - literary or otherwise - of being nothing more than a distraction. Fantasy is obviously more concerned with plot and world-building than other genres, but it has the same quality to reflect our lives and experiences back at us in incredible ways.

Philip Pullman's work is incredible. I read Northern Lights again recently and it was just as enlightening as the first time I encountered it as a child.

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