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New group for fans of children's books

Thu, 31 Jan 2013

Adults are being invited to revisit their childhoods at a new book group run by staff and students from the University of East Anglia.

The group, which is run in conjunction with the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, will explore how children’s literature impacts on culture and influences generations.

In the first session on February 13, people aged 15 or over will be invited to bring along their favourite children’s book and share why they like it.

Future meetings will look at books ranging from classics like Peter Pan through to recent publications such as Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls.

Dr BJ Epstein, from UEA’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, will be leading the group. She said: “we want to reach out to the wider community in Norwich and share our passion for this topic.

“We’re convinced that everyone can learn from children’s literature, and we want to encourage people to think about children, childhood, and children’s books.”

UEA Literature student Emily Hibbs, said: “Revisiting children’s literature on my course completely changed my perspective on the books I loved when I was young. It will be great to offer others in the community the same opportunity.”

The first meeting takes place at the Millennium Library at the Forum on February 13, at 5.30pm. Following meetings will occur monthly on a Wednesday evening – dates to be confirmed.

For further information email Dr Epstein on b.epstein@uea.ac.uk or phone 01603 591349 or follow @NorwichKidLit on twitter.

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