Topics covered in the 2022 summer school

Each session will involve a recorded talk or presentation, which you will have access to from the start of the week, allowing you to move through the material at your own pace. You will also be provided with key extracts from texts and a resource list, so you can delve as deeply as you wish into each topic.

Each session will be accompanied by a discussion forum – where you can share your ideas and views with other summer school participants and teaching staff.

There will also be a number of optional live virtual seminars with teaching staff. A schedule for these live sessions will be posted in advance.

Short abstracts for each of the lectures and live sessions will be added below soon.


“Folk Magic in Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching Books” | Dr Dara Downey

“‘Home from the Hill’: Journeys towards Happiness in Children’s Literature” | Dr Becky Long

 “The Girl in the Book: Paratexts, Prefaces and Print Culture” | Margaret Masterson

“Affect Theory & Emotional Development in Children’s Picturebooks” | Dr Jade Dillon

“‘A Hailstorm of Knitting Needles’: Spirits and Spiritualism in Victorian Children’s Books” | Dr Jane Carroll

“Queerness and Memory in YA Graphic Novels” | Dearbhaile Houston