School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

David Almond Fellowships

David Almond Fellowships

The David Almond Fellowships aim to promote high-quality research in the Seven Stories collections that will call attention to their breadth and scholarly potential.

The awards, supported by Newcastle University and Seven Stories, recognise both David Almond's contribution to children's literature and his connections with these partner institutions. He is a patron of Seven Stories and an honorary graduate of Newcastle University.

The two awards of £300 each are to facilitate a visit to the Seven Stories collections in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, of at least two days by a bona fide researcher working on a relevant project. Applications will be considered from candidates in any academic discipline.

The fellowships, which have been awarded on an annual basis since 2012, are small grants, originally endowed by renowned writer David Almond with support from Seven Stories and Newcastle University, to support individual researchers with the costs of travel to Newcastle.

Call for applications:

Applications for the 2016/17 David Almond Fellowships are now open. Please consult the David Almond Fellowship Information 2016-2017 for details of how to apply, and download the David Almond Fellowship Application to submit with your application.

The deadline for applications is 1 December 2016, for visits to the Seven Stories collections to be completed by the end of August 2017.

For further information, email Professor Kimberley Reynolds.

2016 Fellows

To recognise an exceptionally strong field, the number of Fellowships awarded in 2016 has been increased from three to four. 

Lois Burke is a doctoral student at Edinburgh Napier University. Lois's research questions the extent to which girl characters in books set in the Victorian period follow or transgress 19th-century models of sexual and psychological development. She will consult the Philip Pullman holdings, the notebook drafts of work by Leon Garfield, and the manuscript and typescript drafts of Diana Wynne Jones' neo-Victorian novella, 'Everard's Ride'.

Simone Hermann is a research assistant on a German Research Foundation-funded project about canon formation and social imaginaries. Simone is coming to Seven Stories to look at British Robinsonnades and what they say about negotiations between individuals and communities. She will be consulting the Bernard Ashley, M.E. Atkinson, Harold Jones and Ursuala Moray Williams archives where there are relevant original drafts, manuscripts and cuttings.

Charlotte Reinbold is a doctoral student at Robinson College, Cambridge. Lotte is investigating the influence of medieval literature on the work of Diana Wynne Jones. She will be consulting the Diana Wynne Jones archive to see how Jones draws on and reworks Middle English poetry.

Lucy Stone is a postgraduate student from Cambridge University. She is working on children's literature about play and exile. She will be consulting the Diana Wynne Jones, Judith Kerr and Elinor Lyon archives to investigate how, even in times of extremis, children's play allows them to exercise a degree of control over their environments.