The Cambridge/Homerton Research and Teaching Centre for Children’s Literature
Both institutions have a long tradition in children’s literature and a strong national and international profile for high quality research and teaching. The Centre brings together researchers, teachers and students in a vibrant, thriving scholarly community.
- Professor Roberta Trites from Illinois State University will be presenting 'Growth: Cognitive Linguistics, Psychology, and Adolescent Literature' on Friday 2nd May 2014. For further information, please contact Lucian Stephens (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- PhD student Ashley Wilson will be presenting 'A Cathedral of Trees: Investigating Christianity and Spirituality in Anne of Green Gables (1908)' on Wednesday 4th June 2014. For further information, please contact Lucian Stephens (email@example.com).
- A research panel entitled 'Once Upon a Chronotope: Mikhail Bakhtin and children's literature' will take place on Thursday 3rd July 2014. Guests on the panel will include Dr. Clementine Beauvais, Eve Tandoi, Faye Dorcas Yung and Professor Maria Nikolajeva. Please watch this space for further information.
- Anna Nordenstam from Gothenbrug University, Sweden, joined the centre as a visiting scholar in August 2013 for a period of six months. Her research project is on the representation of birthday parties in children's literature.
- Please click here for information concerning 'The Poetry and Memory Project', which began in January 2014. The interdisciplinary research project investigates the experience of poetry learning and is lead by senior lecturer David Whitley and fellow researcher Debbie Pullinger.
- Read the latest entry on the Children's Literature at Cambridge blog.
- Join the Cambridge Children's Literature Facebook group.
What we do
Because of its unique foundations, the Cambridge/Homerton Centre has distinctive strengths that combine to make it a special place for children’s literature research. We aim to:
- create a favourable environment for high-quality and innovative research in children’s literature
- combine literary, aesthetic and educational approaches to the subject
- accommodate theoretical, empirical and interdisciplinary research
- support practitioners through dissemination of research findings
We have active links with:
- the artistic community of authors, artists and poets
- literary and artistic institutions, including the Arts Council, the Poetry Society, the Poetry Book Society, Book Trust, and the British Council
- other children’s literature research centres and research institutions, nationally and internationally
The Philippa Pearce Memorial Lecture
This is a series of annual lectures given in memory of Philippa Pearce. Previous speakers include Michael Rosen, Michael Morpurgo, Philip Pullman and Malorie Blackman. For information pertaining to the forthcoming annual lecture, please click here.
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
The Centre is a nominating body for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Please click here for further information.
The Jacqueline Wilson Award
Established in 2010 in recognition of the high quality research in children’s literature at the Faculty of Education and Homerton College, this award for an outstanding Master’s thesis has been made possible through a generous donation by Jacqueline Wilson, one of the most popular children's books writers in the UK. Previous winners include Clementine Beauvais (2010) and Susan Tan (2011). Nominations for this year's award will be made in due course, whilst the ceremony itself will take place in December.
The Child and the Book Conference
In 2012, the Centre hosted the eighth international Child and the Book conference at the Faculty of Education in Cambridge. Please click here for further information on this particular event.