Who we are

Lecturers passionate that our research about childhood reading makes a difference.

We are Senior Lecturers at the University of the West of England, Bristol, with many things in common, the most exciting of which being the love of children’s literature. From different departments, English Literature and Education, we wanted to share our experiences and expertise to bring  together the very best skills from our different disciplines. We believe that collaboration with each other, with schools, parents, children, students and teachers will bring the best possible benefits in creating a community full of impassioned critical readers.

We have travelled different paths to where we are now.  Dr Ann Alston, has followed a career, teaching, researching and publishing essays on English Literature – specialising in Children’s Literature, the portrayal of families, and Roald Dahl. She is on the Editorial Board for the academic journal Children’s Literature in Education, is often asked to give interviews for radio, and occasionally TV, about various aspects of children’s literature.  She also has 3 children who frequently remind her, that is their opinions on children’s books that really count. Check out Ann’s publications here: https://people.uwe.ac.uk/Person/AnnAlston

Dr Jane Carter, pursued a law degree before deciding her passion lay in an entirely different direction; the classroom. Since then Jane became a classroom teacher, a deputy head, and a Local Authority Literature Consultant, before joining UWE where she enthuses a love of literature in the next generation of teachers. Jane’s research focuses on reading and writing within the classroom. Check out Jane’s publication’s list here https://people.uwe.ac.uk/Person/JaneCarter

Both Ann and Jane are members of the UKLA, (United Kingdom Literacy Association) where they have delivered papers at the conference and for whom they are currently excited to begin judging shortlisted  UKLA Picture books. Check out last year’s award winning books here: https://ukla.org/news/story/ukla-book-award-winners-2019