Boys and Girls, Then and Now: Remembering Childhood Books

Duchesne 001, University of Roehampton

Wednesday 8 October

7-7.30pm: Tour of the Children’s Literature Archive and Richmal Crompton Collection

7.30-9pm: Remembering Childhood Books: talks, wine and nibbles


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The University of Roehampton is opening its children’s literature archives to the public, with an exclusive tour followed by talks by Professor Peter Hunt and Dr Jane McVeigh on The Secret Garden and Just William. Dr Alison Waller will report on her research project, ‘Rereading Childhood Books’, and there will be an introduction to the Just William Society.

This event is free, but you will need to book your place by emailing Julia Noyce: In your email, please state if you would like to join the tour of the Children’s Literature Archive (places will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis). Please also name a significant childhood book that you remember reading as a boy or girl.



About Alison Waller

I am a Senior Lecturer at the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature (NCRCL) at Roehampton University in London. My main research areas are young adult fiction and the practice and philosophy of reading. My monograph Constructions of Adolescence in Fantastic Realism was published by Routledge in 2009 and I have also edited a collection of essays for the Palgrave Macmillan New Casebook Series on Melvin Burgess (2013). I am currently working on a project called Rereading Childhood Books: a Poetics, which asks how adults reread and negotiate relationships with books from their pasts.

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