Character: Lyra Belacqua 

Book: His Dark Materials series 

Author: Philip Pullman 

26 writer: John Sills 


The indomitable Lyra Balacqua (also known as Lyra Silvertongue) is the heroine of Philip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’ books alongside her dæmon, Pantalaimon.


A mother

Caught between lovers

A baby

Born out of passion and of wedlock

A church

Full of judgement and disdain, knowingly causing pain

A child

Breaking free, searching for answers, denied by the authorities

A soul

On show for all to see, yet no sense of her own identity

An answer

Out of reach, still no time to rest, to breathe 


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