Department of English and Creative Writing

Visiting address
102 Fincham, Digby Stuart

Phone: +44 (0)20 8392 3815


National Centre for Research in Children's Literature

I have been a member of the NCRCL since 1996 and its culture of eclectic and enthusiastic research into children's literature impressed me from the outset. I am proud to work with such an outstanding team of scholars, both in the NCRCL and in the wider Department of English and Creative Writing. I am (on-site) convener of our long-running Masters programme which is renowned for its academic rigour and its recognition of the hermeneutic and multi-disciplinary possibilities of children's literature.

The NCRCL is committed to research excellence and I work with colleagues to inspire, facilitate and extend scholarship in the field of children's literature.

I am also Series Editor of Bloomsbury Academic's flagship list: Perspectives on Children's Literature.

Research interests

Current Research

My broad field of research is philosophy and children's literature, as reflected in my recent book for Bloomsbury - Ethics in British Children's Literature: Unexamined Life (2013). At the moment I am exploring the metaphysical aspects of children's literature and am developing another book for Bloomsbury.

Areas of Interest in Children's Literature

Applied Ethics and Metaphysics; Postmodernity;Electronic Narrative; Environmental Ethics and Eco-Criticism; Poetry; Historical Fiction; Illustration; Critical Writing; Music

PhD Students
Completed PhDs

Noga Applebaum: Control Shift: Interfaces of Technology and Children's Literature Through the Dimension of science Fiction Written for Children. Awarded 2008. (AHRC Funded)

Julie Cross: The 'Highs' and 'Lows' of Humour: Funny Junior Fiction from 1960 Onwards. Awarded 2009.

Liz Thiel: The Fantasy of Family: Nineteenth-Century Children's Literature and the Myth of the Domestic Ideal. Awarded 2006.

Current PhDs

Simon Machin: Ripping Yarns: The Breaking of Masculine Codes in 'Boy's Own' Adventure Stories, 185501940. 2009 -

Anne Malewski: Growing Sideways: Shifting Boundaries Between Childhood and Adulthood in Twenty-First Century Britain. 2014 -

Sarah Pyke: Queer readers remember: The textual and extratextual afterlives of childhood reading for LGBTQ adults. 2014 -

Kay Waddilove: Motherhood in 1950s Children's Literature. 2012 -

Karen Williams: Humour in Children's Literature 1800-1840. 2012 -

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to study with me in the NCRCL and the Department of English and Creative Writing at Roehampton.


MA in Children's Literature

Critical and Theoretical Perspectives

British Children's Literature 1900-1960

Time and History

Poetry & Verse and Voice

BA in English Literature

Subversive Children's Literature

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