Children’s Literature About Refugees:
A Catalyst in the Classroom
Dr Julia Hope, Goldsmiths College, University of London
This seminar welcomes Julia Hope, author of, ‘Children’s Literature About Refugees: A Catalyst in the Classroom‘. This book addresses one of our most pressing global issues – often called “the migrant crisis” – in a form accessible to younger children.
For child refugees to feel that their experiences are validated, and for others to understand their situation, engaging with the growing field of children’s texts on the subject is crucial. Teachers also need to be encouraged to find ways in to tackle such challenging topics, with fiction providing the perfect catalyst.
In exploring the use of Mary Hoffman’s The Colour of Home and Beverley Naidoo’s The Other Side of Truth in the classroom, this book is indispensable for educators in the younger age range, and for researchers who are interested in controversial children’s literature.
Organised by the Action for Refugees (AfR) research group, and sponsored the Faculty of Education and I4P, this event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.
Date: Monday 14th May 2018
12.30am Registration and Refreshments
13.00pm Event start
Since childhood Julia has always been a voracious reader, enjoying the possibilities that literature offers to move across temporal and global boundaries.
Her first degree was in English Literature at Sussex University, and shortly afterwards she went to Zimbabwe to work as a Secondary School teacher in a township for two years, setting up a library in the school, and being deeply impressed by the power of literature to broaden human experience.
After taking a PGCE at Goldsmiths College she taught in local primary schools in South East London for 16 years, mainly as a Refugee support teacher, and working on Family Literacy with Refugee parents.
Following an MA in Education, she became a lecturer at Goldsmiths, teaching on the Primary PGCE programme, running a specialist course in children’s literature. From there she researched and authored a PhD which was to form the basis of this book – a study of engagement with children’s books about the refugee experience in the primary classroom.
She is now Head of Programme for the flourishing MA in Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths, as well as writing and teaching her own course on “Children’s Literature and Controversy” for the undergraduate Education degree.
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