Philip Pullman here in 2008

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Via Cheshire Chronicle

Cult author Philip Pullman is to head the bill at a Liverpool literary festival to celebrate Capital of Culture year.

The writer of the His Dark Materials trilogy is the first big name to be signed up to the Liverpool University event. The festival is due to take place in November 2008 and will include local and national names taking part in readings, discussions and debates.

Dinah Birch, head of the university’s school of English, says it is the first time in many years – if ever – that the department has held anything similar.

The festival, likely to be titled Shipping Lines in homage to Liverpool’s history as one of the world’s greatest ports, is one of a number of ideas the department has to mark Capital of Culture year.

But Prof Birch has emphasised it is still in the early stages of development and the final programme will be dictated by funding available.