School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Lucy Pearson

Senior Lecturer in Childrens Literature



I work in the field of children's literature, with a special interest in children's publishing and the development of children's literature since the mid twentieth century.  My work is focused around the cultural contexts for reading and the ways in which these shape literature: I am currently working on a new history of the UK's Carnegie Medal.


I completed my BA and MA work at Bristol University, moving to Newcastle for my PhD, which was part of a collaborative project between Newcastle University and Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books. Following completion of my PhD in 2010, I worked in part-time roles with the Open University and Newcastle University, before taking up my current post in 2011.

Roles and responsibilties

I am currently leader of Newcastle's Children's Literature Unit, one of the leading centres for research in children's literature in the UK.

I am Undergraduate Chair of the Board of Examiners for the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics.



My research interests include 20th & 21st century children's literature and publishing, prize culture, and teenage literature. I am interested in the socio-historical contexts for reading and texts, and much of my work draws on archival evidence. I work closely with Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children's Books

Current work

I am currently working on a history of the CILIP Carnegie Medal, considering the Medal as a focus for discourse around childhood, children's books, and national identities. I'm blogging about my observations on past winners at:

Research supervision

I've supervised 1 PhD and 10 MLitt projects to completion.

I'm currently supervising PhDs on author-activist Beverly Naidoo, and on female protagonists in fantasy YA.

I welcome applications from prospective postgraduate students on my research areas, and particularly encourage projects which draw on the Seven Stories Collection.


Undergraduate teaching

Module leader: Home, Heritage, History: 20th Century Children's Literature (Stage 3 module)

Module convenor and lecturer: Transformations (Stage 1 module)


Postgraduate teaching

Programme leader and supervisor: MLitt in Children's Literature