Pullman and the Grenfell Tower Fundraiser

Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials, offered to let readers bid for a chance to name one of the characters in his next book to benefit the victims of the recent Grenfell Tower disaster. A teacher is bidding for the name of one of his students, a resident of the tower who did not survive the fire — “Teacher’s bid to name Philip Pullman character after Grenfell Tower pupil gets £16,000 backing”.

Authors and well-wishers raising money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire are augmenting a bid by a teacher to name a character in His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman’s new book after one of his former pupils, who lost her life.

Nur Huda, 16, died in the fire along with her parents Abdul Aziz and Fouzia, and her siblings Yasin, 21, and Mehdi, 8.

The teacher’s £1500 bid has been augmented by others’ donations, both small and large (one for £5000).

Many in the publishing industry are joining the Authors for Grenfell Tower online auction, offering items to help raise money for British Red Cross’s relief fund for Grenfell Tower residents and neighbors.

In addition to Pullman, sff donors include:

[Thanks to Nigel for the story.]

3 thoughts on “Pullman and the Grenfell Tower Fundraiser

  1. A teacher is bidding for the name of one of her students

    I’m guessing that should be “his students.” The teacher is James Clements, and he’s consistently referred to with male pronouns elsewhere.

    But a great outpouring of support for the auction and for Nur Huda’s memory.

  2. FYI Derek Landy, who added the £5000 donation, is also a fantasy writer – he writes Skulduggery Pleasant , which was one of my go-to YA reads when I was studying for my Master’s a few years back.

    Really nice to see so much support for this.

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