Two Memories of Fiction Events on Childhood Reading Experiences

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Illustration via Quentin Blake

Welcome to these two Memories of Fiction project events!

Memories of Children’s Books
Wednesday 31st May 2017
6.30 to 8 p.m.
Putney Library

Shelley Trower, lecturer at the University of Roehampton and project leader of Memories of Fiction: An Oral History of Readers’ Life Stories, and Ferelith Hordon, children’s librarian and editor, will lead a discussion of the items in the Wandsworth collection of Early Children’s Books. The collection will be on display, and the discussion will focus on memories of children’s books, especially as material objects: their covers, their smells, their feel. Please bring memories (or even physical copies) of a children’s book you remember reading!

This event is free, and refreshments will be available. All welcome!

You can read more about this event, and register for it here.

Our Lives in Libraries
Wednesday 7th June 2017
6.30 to 8 p.m.
Balham Library

Shelley Trower, lecturer at the University of Roehampton and project leader of Memories of Fiction: An Oral History of Readers’ Life Stories, and Alison Barton, librarian and book group facilitator, will discuss memories of libraries and what they mean to us, ranging from childhood to the present, from book groups to cuts and hopes for the future. In preparation for the event, please have a think about a visit you remember making to a library!

This event is free, and refreshments will be available. All welcome!

You can read more about this event, and register for it here.

These events are part of the Wandsworth Heritage Festival and supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. If you can’t make it to these events, Memories of Fiction welcome any comments on their blog.

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Tomorrow! Prof David Rudd on Enid Blyton at Scarborough Art Gallery

The Life & Work of Enid Blyton

Professor David Rudd, University of Roehampton

Scarborough Art Gallery

Friday 15th April, 7:30pm

If you happen to be in the North East tomorrow evening, Prof David Rudd will be speaking on Enid Blyton’s life and work, questioning the criticisms leveled against her and discussing her more positive and enduring qualities. Tickets are available in advance from the Scarborough Art Gallery 01723 374743.

Announcing our Open Day!

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NCRCL Open Day   

Saturday 7th June 2014 |10.00 am to 1.00 pm

 

Duchesne Building | Ground Floor | Digby Stuart Campus

 

The NCRCL invites you to an exciting summer event for MA/PG Dip and PhD students past, present and future.

 Current students and alumni are all welcome as is anyone interested in applying to the MA/PG Dip in Children’s Literature, or undertaking doctoral research at the NCRCL.

 

  • Tea, Coffee and Conversation – meeting the NCRCL team.

  • Adèle Geras discusses her work as the best-selling author of over ninety books for children and young adults, including dark retellings of fairy-tales in the Happy Ever After trilogy, stories woven from the Trojan War in Troy and Ithaka, and historical fiction in Lizzie’s Wish and Cecily’s Portrait.

  • Presentations from NCRCL Staff about research and teaching interests.

  • Book launches – recent publications from the NCRCL team.

  • Research Talk by Beth Rodgers (Aberystwyth University) on ‘Competing girlhoods: constructing the ‘girls of today’ in late Victorian girls’ periodicals’.

There is no charge for the open day, but you will need to book a place for catering purposes.

In order to book please contact Julia Noyce

Julia.Noyce@roehampton.ac.uk