Children’s Literature MA by distance learning – Virtual Open Day

We recently held another Virtual Open Day for the MA in Children’s Literature by distance learning here at the NCRCL. Individuals from across the UK, Europe and from as far as China and Pakistan joined Liz Thiel and I for a fun event to learn more about the programme and the NCRCL.

Virtual Open Day 2012
Alison Waller talking about the NCRCL at the Virtual Open Day

We introduced everyone to the team and showed off some of our excellent online children’s literature resources. Liz also had fun giving a mini-tutorial on Mary Sherwood’s The History of the Fairchild Family.

If you couldn’t attend the event, there is a recording of the session available now available to watch online. Just follow these steps:

  • Follow this link and wait for the WebEx Player to load:
  • Before you start watching, go to the top Menu and click on ‘View’ – make sure that ‘Chat’, ‘Video’, ‘Participants’, and ‘Playback Tools’ are all ticked.

More details about the distance learning MA and PGDip, including the application process and fees, can be found on the Virtual Open Day website.

Many thanks to all those who took part – and look out for more events in the future!

Still Time to Book Your Place – 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)

Bookings need to be made online. Please follow this link You can find the programme and workshops under the tab entitled “More information.”

Please note spaces are limited so early bookings are advised.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Lucy Parsons, our Conference Coordinator:, Tel: +44 (0) 20 8392 3698.

We hope to see you there.

Virtual Open Day for the distance learning MA

You are invited to participate in Roehampton’s MA/PGDip Children’s Literature by Distance Learning virtual open day on Wednesday 18 April 2012 at 18.00GMT. This event will provide you with an overview of the course and give you the chance to tour our online learning environment.

You will also be able to ask any questions you might have about the academic and practical elements of studying at a distance.

To book your place on the virtual open day, please email Miles Shackleton at, providing your full name, country of residence, and date of birth.

More information about this exciting event can be found on our website: