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

Childhood Exile Drawn and Redrawn: Judith Kerr's and Tomi Ungerer's Children's Literature from and of the Nazi Era

My doctoral research explores Judith Kerr's (b. 1923) and Tomi Ungerer's (1931 - 2019) 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, Musée Tomi Ungerer, France), have all but been ignored. Through interdisciplinary analysis of these child and adult-authored texts, my project establishes that Judith Kerr and Tomi 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 proved to be formative for the constructions of exile and war in the children’s literature they crafted as adult author-illustrators.

My doctoral research is funded by the Research Excellence Academy.

Research Interests

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

Research Activities


  • Children's Literature Unit Graduate Group (CLUGG) 


  • 'Silent survival: representations of refugee children’s traumatic separations', Panel,  Silence and Silencing in Children's Literature, Biennial Congress for the International Research Society for Children's Literature, August 2019 
  • 'Recovering the Past through Juvenilia', Historical Fictions Research Network, Manchester Central Library, February 2019
  • '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
  • 'Recovering the Voices of Children in Exile.' First Year HaSS Conference, Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Newcastle University, 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 
  • 'Negotiating Childhood Exile through Play: Judith Kerr’s Juvenilia.' Children’s Literature and Play. The 12th Child and the Book International Conference, University of Wroclaw, May 2016. 



  • 'Trains to Life – Trains to Death: Judith Kerr’s Writing and Drawing from and of Childhood Exile in the Nazi Era as Intergenerational Solidaristic Practice.' Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak and Zoe Jaques (eds). Intergenerational Children's Literature and Film. University of Mississippi Press, forthcoming. 
  • 'L’art de l’enfance.' Petit Journal, Musée Tomi Ungerer - Centre International de L'Illustration,  Strasbourg, 2017.




Outreach Projects

  • '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 brothers process, 2016 - 2018
  • 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)
  • International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) UK
  • Children's History Society, UK 
  • Society for the History of Children and Youth
  • University of Cambridge German Society
  • Royal Society of Literature


Academic Background

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

BA (Languages) (Honours), University of Sydney