Posted on August 12, 2021 at 9:13 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman isn’t shy about speaking up when he feels a public correction is in order.

Most recently, he tweeted in support of writer Kate Clanchy, whose 2019 memoir, Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, is now being revised over descriptions seen as racist and ableist.

That support, however, drew the ire of authors of color, and the Society of Authors — of which he is president, an honorary role — distanced itself from Pullman’s comments, reports the Guardian.

Pullman deleted one of his critical tweets and issued an apology later for it.

The Society of Authors, a trade union for UK authors, urged its members “to be mindful of privilege and of the impact of what they create, do and say” in its statement clarifying that Pullman's comments were made on his own behalf, not on the organization's.

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