University supports capital’s arts scene with Southbank Centre partnership

Roehampton’s role in London’s thriving arts and cultural scene has led to a new partnership with the world famous Southbank Centre and its Imagine Children’s Festival.

Posted: 8 February 2016

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Children at last year's Imagine Children's Festival.

The Department of English and Creative Writing is supporting the 11-day festival which begins on 10 February. Children’s literature occupies a prominent position within the department; Roehampton has offered a dedicated master’s in Children’s Literature since 1993.

Undergraduates can study the growth and history of children’s literature, and writing for young audiences as part of the University’s English Literature and Creative Writing degrees. All students have the option to take part in and be inspired by masterclasses with top authors including Jacqueline Wilson, and can make use of the University library’s extensive children’s collection.

Professor Laura Peters, Head of the Department of English and Creative Writing said: “Instilling a love of books, words and characters in children from their earliest years is vital to helping them grow up as intelligent and creative people. We train our students to do that every day, as the writers and storytellers of the future, so I’m pleased we can share our enthusiasm by supporting the festival and bringing the passion we have to a much wider audience.”

The Imagine Children’s Festival will see the Southbank Centre turned into a children’s playground, with youngsters given the chance to explore the world of literature and story-telling. They also have the opportunity to run the festival, by selling tickets, making announcements and helping with events. The festival runs from 10-21 February, and includes 117 different events.

The University’s Department of English and Creative Writing was ranked in the top three in London and top 20 in the UK for English and Creative Writing according to the Guardian University Guide 2016.

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