Jacqueline Wilson Scholarship

We are delighted  to announce the annual Jacqueline Wilson Scholarship for research into children’s literature. This will be awarded to a postgraduate PhD student working in the field of children’s literature or creative writing for children.

The Jacqueline Wilson Scholar will be based in the award-winning National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature (NCRCL) with access to the Children’s Literature Collection and archives, and will join a lively community of researchers, writers and students. This fully funded scholarship will cover home/EU fees of £3,966 for Home/EU students and maintenance of 15,863 p.a in 2014/15 for 3 years full-time subject to satisfactory progress.

The scholarship is open to new students only and preference may be given to proposals that build on the research interests of the NCRCL. These include, but are not limited to: philosophy; historical fiction; landscape; domestic spaces; memory; reading. Applicants are encouraged to identify potential supervisors as part of their application.

The Department of English and Creative Writing  is looking for candidates of the highest quality, capable of submitting a Ph.D. thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have completed an MA degree in a relevant subject, such as children’s literature, reading or memory, prior to the start of the studentship. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and fluency in spoken and written English that meets the university’s entrance criteria for doctoral study.

Deadline for applications: Friday 4 July 2014. Interviews will be held by the end of July 2014

Apply here

For further information or for informal discussion please contact Dr Lisa Sainsbury:L.Sainsbury@roehampton.ac.uk

Application packs can be found here: http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Courses/Graduate-School/Application-Packs/

Please visit www.roehampton.ac.uk/courses/graduate-school to find out more about postgraduate research at Roehampton. If you have any non-academic queries relating to the studentships, please contact the Graduate School on 020 8392 3619, email graduateschool@roehampton.ac.uk or alternatively admissions on 0208 392 3638


Call for papers: IBBY UK/NCRCL Conference – November 2014



University of Roehampton, London


Call for Papers on the theme of ‘Belonging is… an exploration of the right to be included and the barriers that must be overcome’

What does it mean to belong? How can literature help children as they struggle to relate to different groups at home, in school, and in the wider society? Who does children’s literature belong to? How can books help all children feel they belong? Children’s literature has traditionally been perceived as a place where all children can find a place and belong. But is this true?

The 21st annual IBBY UK/NCRCL MA conference looks to explore these questions and the concept of belonging in children’s literature.

The conference will include keynote presentations by writers, publishers and academics. Proposals are welcomed for parallel sessions (lasting about 20 minutes) on any relevant issues from any period in the history of international children’s literature. These might include:

  • traditionally excluded groups: LGBTQI, looked after children, disabled children, fostered and adopted children, Romany and traveller children, refugees
  • changes and developments in representations of ethnic diversity
  • the affect of inclusion or exclusion on the reader
  • the accessibility of children’s books
  • the place of issue books in exploring barriers to belonging
  • the promotion of human rights through literature
  • how children’s books can challenge stereotypes
  • the representation of children from all backgrounds
  • socio-economic status and stereotyping
  • how gendered marketing excludes children
  • reader vs revenue –what should be foremost in the mind of publishers
  • national identity – finding your culture in the books you read
  • learning about historically excluded groups through fiction and poetry

The deadline for proposals is July 31st 2014. Please email an abstract of approximately 200 words (for a 20-minute paper), along with a short biography and affiliation to Sue Mansfield of IBBY UK at mansfield37@btinternet.com

Find out more about IBBY UK here  Details of past conferences can be found here

Announcing our Open Day!


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



Roehampton Carnegie Readers Group – Want to Join?

Carnegie Greenway MedalsMessage from PhD student, Kay Waddilove:

At the MA induction day last term, I introduced the idea of hosting a Carnegie Reading Group for MA and PhD students (and any other NCRCL interested parties). The response was keen, so I set us up as a group on the Carnegie website and sat back to wait for shortlist day.

As you probably know, the shortlist is now out – and very exciting it looks too. The idea of the group is to enjoy reading and discussing recently published books for children and young people that have been judged ‘outstanding’ by the shortlist selectors – and NO essay to write at the end of it. Should be fun….

If you are interested in meeting to discuss the Carnegie titles, contact me on the email below and we’ll coordinate the meetings details from there. (Somewhere near good coffee is mandatory I think.)

Have a look at the Carnegie website for details of the shortlist, and at the shadowing part of the site to find our group – we are the Roehampton Readers (not Roehampton Library). To contact, send a message to waddilk@roehampton.ac.uk

Hope to hear from you.

All the best,