National Centre for Research in Children's Literature (NCRCL)

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The NCRCL has been at the vanguard of research in Children's Literature since its launch in 1995. NCRCL members (based in the Department of English and Creative Writing) work on a range of projects related to children’s literature and the culture of childhood, publishing in such diverse areas of the field as: ethics and metaphysics; adolescent fiction; memories of childhood reading; the Robinsonade; Romantic childhood; print culture; graphic novels; and the literature of food. News of regular conferences and events hosted by the NCRCL can be found on the NCRCL Blog

The NCRCL supports a large cohort of doctoral students, a number of whom studied on our postgraduate programmes in Children's Literature, on-site and by distance learning, which have attracted high calibre students since 1993. Funded PhD studentships are offered through the Jacqueline Wilson Scholarship (awarded annually to an emerging scholar of the highest calibre working in the field of children's literature or creative writing for children) and the TECHNE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership consortium. For further information please visit the TECHNE website and send expressions of interest to

Bloomsbury Perspectives on Children’s Literature

Dr Lisa Sainsbury (NCRCL Director) is Series Editor of this new series for Bloomsbury. It is fitting that the NCRCL is at the forefront of publishing research that pushes the boundaries of children's literature and childhood. With an emphasis on cross and inter-disciplinary studies, Perspectives on Children's Literature takes literary approaches as a starting point, drawing on the particular capacity for children's literature to open out into other disciplines.

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