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GLARE Story Writing Competition: Grandma’s Misadventures Over the Phone (Category 13 to 15 years)

The winning story in the category 13 to 15 years is ‘Grandma’s Misadventures Over the Phone’ by Iona Mandal. Why did Robin Stevens like the story? “I thought this had wonderful humour and a great sense of place – and I loved the idea of a rebellious and savvy grandma!” *** The Himalayan foothill town … Continue reading “GLARE Story Writing Competition: Grandma’s Misadventures Over the Phone (Category 13 to 15 years)”

4 July 2019 by
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GLARE Story Writing Competition: The Devil’s Daughter (Category 6 to 8 years)

And the winners are… We are pleased to share with you the winning story in the youngest category of writers of our GLARE Story Writing Competition. The winner is Isabella Gabriel with her story ‘The Devil’s Daughter’. And what did our judge – Robin Stevens – say? “I loved the energy of this story, and … Continue reading “GLARE Story Writing Competition: The Devil’s Daughter (Category 6 to 8 years)”

4 July 2019 by
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How to write a female villain? The GLARE workshop at the Bournville BookFest 2019

On Saturday, March 23, 2019, on a beautiful spring day, the GLARE team, Dr Anna Čermáková and Professor Michaela Mahlberg, enjoyed running a workshop for aspiring young authors: ‘How to write a female villain’ at the Bournville Bookfest. The workshop took place in the inspiring environment of the Blue Coat School library in Harborne. About … Continue reading “How to write a female villain? The GLARE workshop at the Bournville BookFest 2019”

25 April 2019 by
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World Book Day: Looking out for positive gender roles in children’s books

To celebrate World Book Day Lynsey Pollard from Little Box of Books shares with us her passion in children’s books and why it matters to think twice when choosing books for young readers. Check out some of her book recommendations! Thank you, Lynsey. Lynsey Pollard trained as a journalist and worked as a TV Producer … Continue reading “World Book Day: Looking out for positive gender roles in children’s books”

5 March 2019 by
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Lifting Limits for GLARE

Lifting Limits is “a social enterprise with a mission to challenge gender stereotypes and promote gender equality in and through education”. In this blog, Caren Gestetner from ‘Lifting Limits‘ shares her vision and discusses how and why we can and should challenge gender stereotypes in school environment. Caren Gestetner left a career in law to … Continue reading “Lifting Limits for GLARE”

28 January 2019 by
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Exploring Female Identity in Carroll’s Wonderland and Barrie’s the Neverland

In this blog, Jade Dillon discusses ideology of body symbolism related to girl characters in 19th century children’s literature. She interprets Carroll’s Alice and her growing and getting small within the context of the Victorian female ideal of a petite woman. She also looks at the contrasting female characters in Peter Pan and Wendy: Wendy, … Continue reading “Exploring Female Identity in Carroll’s Wonderland and Barrie’s the Neverland”

14 January 2019 by
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Dinosaurs vs. Unicorns

I heard Marianne talk about her research into textual and visual messages on girls’ and boys’ t-shirts at the PALA 2018 conference. I was fascinated. Of course, we all know about the pink vs blue war in children’s retail but for some time now I have been under the impression that things might slowly be … Continue reading “Dinosaurs vs. Unicorns”

3 December 2018 by
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Creating and recreating children’s manuscript magazine culture in Victorian fiction

In this blog, Lois Burke, explores how corpora of literary texts and specialised software to search through these corpora can enrich both literary and socio-cultural studies. Lois looks at ChiLit, GLARE’s 19th Century Children’s Literature Corpus, to find textual evidence in literary sources to support her research on children’s, and specifically girls’, magazine culture in … Continue reading “Creating and recreating children’s manuscript magazine culture in Victorian fiction”

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