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Dr Jane Carroll is Assistant Professor in Children’s Literature at Trinity College Dublin and co-director of the MPhil in Children’s Literature. Her teaching and research interests centre on children’s literature, landscape, and material culture in fiction. She has published two books, Landscape in Children’s Literature (Routledge, 2012) and British Children’s Literature and Material Culture: Commodities and Consumption 1850-1914 (Bloomsbury, 2021) as well as articles on Susan Cooper, Jules Verne, J.R.R. Tolkien, ghost stories, and children’s fantasy.  


thumbnail_Jade DillonDr Jade Dillon is an Associate Professor of Children’s Literature and Young Learners at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. Her research interests include children’s literature, visual texts, cinematography, and gender studies. Her current research project focuses on representations of menstruation in children’s literature and artwork. She has previously published essays in volumes with Palgrave Macmillan and McFarland. Jade’s forthcoming publication is an article on (re)imagining girlhood in Barnboken Journal of Children’s Literature Research (2022). She is also co-editing Family in Children’s and Young Adult Literature with Dr Eleanor Spencer. Jade tweets from the account @jade_dillon, and her website is


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Dr Dara Downey lectures in American Literature in University College Dublin and tutors on the Trinity Access Programme in Trinity College Dublin. Her research focuses on domesticity in supernatural American popular culture, and she is currently writing a literary biography of Shirley Jackson for Palgrave’s Literary Lives Series. She also edits The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies (online).



Dearbhaile HoustonDearbhaile Houston recently completed her PhD at Trinity College on the topic of contemporary women’s writing and domestic space. She holds an MPhil in Gender and Women’s Studies from Trinity College and her research interests include feminist theory and the representation of housing and domestic life in contemporary fiction. She has guest edited special issues of journals on contemporary Irish women’s writing (including an issue of Irish Studies Review, forthcoming 2023) and is the co-founder of the Contemporary Irish Literature research network.


beckylong1Dr Becky Long graduated from the inaugural M.Phil in Children’s Literature in Trinity College in 2012, and received funding from the Irish Research Council to undertake a PhD in Irish children’s literature in 2014. She became a Book Doctor in 2016 with Children’s Books Ireland and has been a Section Editor for the INIS Reading Guide since then. Since 2019, she has been working as a programme coordinator with the Access Programme in Trinity College. Her research interests include oral culture, mythology, memory, landscape and identity.


Headshot2 (2)Margaret Masterson is a doctoral candidate in children’s literature at Trinity College, Dublin. Focusing on Maria Edgeworth’s stories for children, her research examines constructions of adolescent girlhood through book history and book collecting in the Pollard Collection of Children’s Books. A former children’s librarian, Margaret holds an MLIS in Library and Information Science from Dominican University, Illinois, USA, and an M.Phil. in Children’s Literature from Trinity College Dublin. She is project manager for Paper Lanterns Teen & Young Adult Literary Journal, and she sits on the executive committee for the Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature. Her research interests include memory and constructions of childhood in the children’s literature archive, collection theory and children’s book history.