Chapter 20 – À Outrance - Northern Lights

Her Dark Materials | A His Dark Materials Podcast

15-06-2020 • 1 hr 22 mins

Her Dark Materials is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Faye and Rachael discussing the His Dark Materials novels chapter by chapter, spoiler-free.

In this episode we chat about Chapter 20 of Northern Lights – À Outrance.

In this chapter, Iorek arrives at the bear palace and Lyra tells him he must fight Iofur to the death. They get in the goriest most badass bear fight anyone has ever seen, which Iorek wins to become the new king of the bears. Lyra finds out that Mrs Coulter was behind all of the bear conflict and is on her way to Svalbard. Iorek agrees to take Lyra to see Asriel.

Our Black Live Matter resources

As mentioned in the episode, here are the resources we’re making our way through, along with some causes to donate to:

Documentaries/TV series

13th (Netflix UK)

The Central Park Five (YouTube)

When They See Us (Netflix UK)

Seven Seconds (Netflix UK)

Paris is Burning (YouTube)

Pose (Netflix UK)

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (Netflix UK)


Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race - Reni Eddo-Lodge

Me and White Supremacy - How To Recognise Your Privelege, Combat Racism and Change The World - Layla F Saad

White Fragility - Robin DiAngelo

How To Be An Anti-Racist - Ibram X. Kendi

Black and British: A Forgotten History - David Olusoga

Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging - Afua Hirsch



Code Switch

The Read

The Diversity Gap

Intersectionality Matters!


Black Lives Matter

Black Visions Collective

Reclaim The Block

George Floyd Memorial Fund

I Run With Maud

Campaign Zero

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Thanks to Jonny Knott for his musical stylings.