The 2nd Biennial NCRCL Conference: ‘Children’s Literature and the Inner World’

The 2nd Biennial NCRCL Conference

‘Children’s Literature and the Inner World’

Saturday 12 May 2012
University of Roehampton
London

If, according to David Lodge, literature is a record of human consciousness, then children’s literature can potentially offer fascinating perspectives on the interior lives of children and young people. This conference will explore relationships between imaginative writing and the workings of the mind. It is a chance to examine how authors and readers approach the troubling question of how we can know what goes on within other people’s heads, especially when those other people are children.

Confirmed plenary session speakers are: Philip Gross (University of Glamorgan); Farah Mendlesohn (Middlesex University); David Rudd (University of Bolton); and Alison Waller (University of Roehampton)

We invite proposals for workshop papers on literature for children or young adults and the following themes:

    • imagination
    • the emotions
    • consciousness and the unconscious
    • perception
    • memory
    • the mind and body
    • the reading process

300 word abstracts for proposed papers, along with a short biography, should be sent to Alison Waller (a.waller@roehampton.ac.uk) by Wednesday 1 February 2012.

For more information, see http://ws1.roehampton.ac.uk/researchcentres/ncrcl/events/ncrclconference/index.html

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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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