Our staff and students are engaged in many projects within the university and beyond. Below is a sample of current and past projects:

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Memories of Fiction

AHRC-funded PhD student, Sarah Pyke, is involved in the Memories of Fiction project, researching into memories of childhood reading amongst LGBTQ adults. 

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The Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation

Former Director of the NCRCL, Dr Gillian Lathey was instrumental in setting up the Marsh Award for Literature in Translation. This is a biennial prize awarded to the best translation of a children's book from any foreign language into English. The purpose of the award is to promote cross-cultural awareness in children's literature and recognise the (often over-looked) role of the translator. The award is administered on behalf of the Marsh Trust by the English Speaking Union. More information on the Marsh Award and the work of the Marsh Christian Trust can be found here.

Completed Projects

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The European Picture Book Collection (EPBC)

The European Picture Book Collection (EPBC) project was initiated by NCRCL's Dr Penni Cotton in 1996 with the aid of a grant from the European Commission. Its aim was to help pupils to find out more about their European neighbours through reading the visual narratives of carefully chosen picture books. The success of the project in a classroom environment led to the EPBC being given the 'Innovative Reading Promotion' Award (1997) by the European Committee of the International Reading Association.
In 2001 further EU funding was secured to enable the development of a free, on-line European School Education Training course (ESET). The course is based on the European Picture Book materials and aims to provide a structure for teachers/teacher educators to help children to learn more about their European neighbours through reading visual narratives. The ESET material can be accessed here.

To find out more about the European Picture Books Collection, click here.

The European Picture Book Collection II (EPBCII)

This project, partially funded by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme, is a continuation of the original EPBC project. EPBC II project will promote the structured pedagogical use of picture books focusing on second language teaching and learning. It is expected that the project will encourage, enhance and support improvements in pedagogical approaches regarding the teaching of European languages and literatures. For further information on this project click here.


There are three prizes are awarded every year to NCRCL MA students for outstanding work.

The Pinsent Prize for outstanding work on the MA in Children's Literature – on site

The Cotton Prize for outstanding work on visual texts

The Hancock Prize for outstanding work on the MA in Children's Literature Distance Learning


Find out about more about past and current recipients of these prizes at NCRCL Blog or on:

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