Call for Papers: Robert Leeson

reading and righting

I am chairing a symposium on Robert Leeson’s Reading and Righting 34 years after publication. Please do have a look and contact me for any further information.

Call for Papers: Symposium- Robert Leeson’s Reading and Righting: Culture and representation in children’s literature, 34 years on

Date 20th June 2019

Abstracts due 15th January

Location: University of East London, Stratford E15

Confirmed speakers:

  • Michael Rosen, poet and author, former children’s laureate and Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmith’s, University of London
  • Farrah Serroukh, Learning Programme Leader, Campaign for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE)

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 CfP 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,

For more information on Robert Leeson, please see here

For more information about the Teacher Education Research Group, please see here


2 thoughts on “Call for Papers: Robert Leeson

  1. I worked with an Irish Primary School (age 6-9) where the pupils published a Book “Putting Grandparents in the Picture” it’s also on YouTube.
    Is this a suitable submission.


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