School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Lucy Stone

Lucy Stone

PhD student in English Literature


Supervisors: Professor Kimberley Reynolds and Dr Beate Müller

Research Project

My doctoral research explores Judith Kerr's (1923 - ) and Tomi Ungerer's (1931 - ) fiction from and of their experiences of childhood exile in the Nazi era. While Kerr's and Ungerer's children's literature have received critical attention in the field of children's literature, their juvenilia, which consist of countless writings (in German, French and English), drawings and paintings held in archives across Europe (Seven Stories: the National Centre of Children's Books, UK, Akademie der Künste, Germany, Tomi Ungerer Museum, France), have all but been ignored. Through an analysis of these child- and adult-authored texts, I argue that Kerr and Ungerer as child exiles with both creative talent and the opportunities to develop it were able to work through challenging - potentially traumatic - experiences in ways that have been productive for them professionally and created a communicative space valuable for transmitting historical events to current and future generations. 

My doctoral research is fully funded by the Research Excellence Academy.

Research Interests

Children's literature and child authors, Exile studies, Children's drawings, War and culture in the twentieth century

Research Activities


  • Children's Literature Unit Graduate Group (CLUGG)
  • University of Cambridge Picturebook Club


Invited Papers

  • 'Trains to Life - Trains to Death: Judith Kerr's Renditions of Erich Kästner's and Walter Trier's Emil and the Detectives as Intergenerational Rememorying of the Holocaust', Intergenerational Solidarity in Children's Literature and Culture, International Symposium, University of Cambridge, April 2018


  • First Year HaSS Conference, June 2017
  • 'Speaking when they're spoken to? Re-integrating the experiences and perspectives of children into historical research', School of History, University of Edinburgh, June 2017 
  • Discovering the Child's Voice symposium, University of Cambridge, September 2016 



  • 'Re-imagining the Wordsworths, 18-month collaborative project between doctoral students of Newcastle and Durham University, the Wordsworth Trust, the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership and Keswick School to create sound pieces by school students and sound artists that bring William Wordsworth's poetry to life and highlight the pivotal role Dorothy played in her brother's creative process
  • Wrote text for the petit journal of L'art de l'enfance (Childhood Art) exhibition at the Tomi Ungerer Museum in Strasbourg, France, 2017
  • Public talk for The European Commission Representation in the UK on Forced Migration and Identity at the Newcastle Central Library, October 2016 


  • International Research Society for Children's Literature (IRSCL)
  • Children's Literature Association (ChLA)
  • International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) UK
  • Children's History Society, UK 
  • Royal Society of Literature


  • Research Excellence Academy Studentship (2016 – 2019)
  • David Almond Fellowship (2016)

Academic Background

MPhil in Education (Children’s Literature), University of Cambridge

BA (Languages) (Honours), University of Sydney