Reading/Writing Childhood at Exeter


This is a support site for teaching and research at the University of Exeter into:

  • children’s literature
  • the representation of childhood in literature
  • children’s creative writing
  • and prose and poetry writing for children.


Workshop: The Child’s Plaything: Literature, Creativity and Childhood  5 Nov 2010

On-Line Library Exhibition: Down in The Forest,  Something Stirred … 

A selection of images from Exeter Central Library’s collection of early children’s literature. A short film of the exhibition can be seen here. 

Children’s Literature Festival: EXEtreme Imagination 1-7 November 2010. 

Undergraduate Modules

American Childhoods

  • See course description here.
  • See course website here.

Classics of Children’s Literature

  • See course description here.

Taught MA Modules

Transatlantic Childhoods: Literature and the Child Study Movement in the Long Nineteenth-Century.  Maeve Pearson)

Research Resources

  • The Chris Brooks Collection (University of Exeter Special Collection)
  • School Based Work Collection (University of Exeter, St Luke’s Library)
  • The Devon Collection of Early Children’s Books (Exeter Central Library)

See here for a narrative account of research resources at Exeter.

Staff Profiles



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