Robert Leeson, the children's author and literary editor of the socialist newspaper 'The Morning Star', died on 29th September 2013. 2019 marks 34 years since the publication of 'Reading and Righting : the past, present and future of fiction for the young', where he called for a more socially and culturally representative children's literature. However, the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education’s (CLPE) research, Reflecting Realities (2018) indicates that only 1% of children’s books published in 2017 featured a BAME main character.
This symposium seeks papers related but not limited to:
Robert Leeson’s fiction
Children’s publishing and representation
Gender, race/ethnicity, social class, disability, sexuality and/or cultural or religious backgrounds in children’s literature
Children’s historical fiction and under-represented groups
This Call For Papers particularly welcomes presentations from scholars from diverse backgrounds, and from school-based colleagues.
It is expected that presentations will be worked into short essays for publication.
Abstracts and any questions should be sent to Alison Baker, LeesonSymposium@gmail.com.
For more information on Robert Leeson, please see here http://www.walker.co.uk/contributors/Robert-Leeson-1649.aspx
For more information about the Teacher Education Research Group, please see here https://www.uel.ac.uk/research/the-teacher-education-research-group (Cynfelyn)