Where to find NCRCL staff (when not at the university)

Our lecturers at the NCRCL don’t just teach on the undergraduate and MA programmes at the University of Roehampton. In case you want to catch them outside of their natural environment, here are events and conferences where they have spoken, or will be speaking, over this academic year.

Gillian Lathey, Director of the NCRCL:

On 12 October Gillian gave a guest lecture at the University of East Anglia on ‘Invisible Storytellers: The role of translators in the history of children’s literature’ followed by a seminar the following morning on the translation of children’s literature for students on the MA in Literary Translation at UEA.

On 21 October Gillian was invited to participate in an event loosely linked to 9/11 at the Cotsen Library in Princeton University, NJ, on trauma, memory and autobiography  to present ‘From Emil to Alice: The Hiatus in the Childhood Reading of Exiles from Germany and Austria 1933-45’, based on interviews with and the memoirs of German and Austrian Jewish refugees.

Gillian is also presenting a paper on 16-17 November on ‘Fierce Russians and Fashionable French: The representation of national identities in British picture books during the Great Exhibition and the Crimean War 1851-56’ at the Low Countries Conference 2011 on Translation and National Images in Antwerp/Amsterdam.

Lisa Sainsbury:

Lisa will be speaking at the Child and the Book conference, to be held 30 March-1 April at Cambridge University. The title of the conference is ‘Towards Common Ground: Philosophical Approaches to Children’s Literature.’ Lisa’s current area of research is philosophy and contemporary children’s literature and her book on ethics and British children’s literature is due for publication in 2013. Lisa will reflect on the relationship between philosophy and children’s literature and bring together key issues raised during the conference.

(In fact, the Child and the Book postgraduate conference was founded at the University of Roehampton back in 2004, as you can see on the main conference website.)


Laura Atkins:

Laura will be delivering a paper at the ‘Race, Ethnicity and Publishing’ Conference, to be held from March 23-24 in Aix-Marseille Université in Aix-en-Provence, France. The title of her talk is “Reading Multicultural Children’s Book Manuscripts” and she will discuss issues around race, diversity and publication of children’s books in the UK.


About Laura Atkins

I am a children's book author and editor who has worked in the children's book field for over twenty years. My published books include picture book SLED DOG DACHSHUND (illustrated by An Phan), and the middle grade biography FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP (co-written with Stan Yogi, illustrated by Yutaka Houlette). This is the first in the Fighting for Justice series - the next book about Biddy Mason to be co-written with Arisa White will come out in February 2019. I spent seven years in editorial departments in the United States where I helped to produce winners of the Coretta Scott King Award and American Library Association Notable Book selections, among others. I continued to work as a freelance editor and as a Senior Lecturer at the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature (NCRCL) at Roehampton University in London. Now based in Berkeley, California, I work with clients all over the world. I have an MA in Children's Literature from Roehampton University, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. My website is www.lauraatkins.com.

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