Posted on 8 November 2018
Matthew Reisz investigates whether academia produces a certain connection with the genre of children’s literature, citing the works of Oxford’s Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien, and C.S. Lewis. In looking at modern-day academics who write children’s literature, he talks to Clémentine about her writing and research.
Both an author of children’s and young adult fiction and an academic studying discourses of childhood, she occupies the position of practitioner and researcher in her field. She explains that while she previously tried to keep her fictional writing and academic research separate, she no longer does because she accepts that influence one another. Clémentine also discusses her ongoing Sesame Sead Mysteries book series, which follows the investigative adventures of an 11-year-old girl who lives in Christ College, Cambridge with her parents, the chaplain and the head of college. Though she draws on her background as a student and research fellow at Cambridge for the backdrop of this series, Clémentine does not think that academics are especially suited to write children’s literature.
You can read the full article 'Scholars who write children's literature' on the Times Higher Education web pages.