Philip Pullman profiled here. Thanks to Educating Alice for the link.
I loved this bit:
Videogames, iPods and DVDs had left us all "living in a neon-lit Dark Ages," he said. "We've lost oral communication. We're all isolated, atomised."
What is to be done? "Tell stories. To children. To each other." He remembered sitting around a fire on a school trip, "listening to a voice coming out of the dark. It is so entrancing. It goes right back to the dawn of history. A story will enchant and beguile and bewitch."