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The Cambridge/Homerton Research and Teaching Centre for Children’s Literature

Is a joint enterprise between the Faculty of Education and Homerton College

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.


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:

We have active links with:

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. The winner of the 2014 award was Sarah Layzell Hardstaff. Nominations for next year's award will be made in due course.

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.

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Quotation from Matthew Grenby