My life-saver during my Finals year at Oxford was the Children’s Literature Reading Group at the English Faculty, a group of grad students and undergrads who got together to talk and think about children’s books, YA literature and even comics. The support of the group of a presentation of mine was what made me apply to a conference at UC Berkeley, which was awesome, and if I ever become a real academic it’ll be thanks to Maria, Malini and Kavita.
I’ve stayed involved in the now group, now formalized as the Children’s Literature and Youth Culture Colloquium, which holds amazing talks, and am participating in the organization of an international conference on March 27-28, Place and Space in Children’s Literature, which will rule. Check it out on the home page (my contribution to the project).
We have the top names, the awesome venue, the affordable prices and a primal connection to the rich tradition of Oxford-based writers of children’s literature. Philip Pullman is giving the keynote speech. Registration is open. Don’t miss it!