The Roehampton Award

On Thursday 28th May, I was one of twenty-four students to receive The Roehampton Award 2015 for volunteering, service, leadership and extracurricular achievements at Roehampton University. The recipients were mostly undergraduate students, but there were two of us PhD’ers as well! Hurrah! The ceremony at Grove House in Froebel College was really lovely with fun, inspiring speakers and yummy nibbles.

I was nominated by my advisor, Dr Alison Waller, for: my work as Editor of the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature (NCRCL) blog; involvement in NCRCL projects, such as the annual IBBY/NCRCL MA conference; teaching within the English & Creative Writing and MA in Children’s Literature programmes; and  my general work promoting LGBT books for children and young people.

Erica Gillingham and Alison Waller The Roehampton Award

Alison and me, showing off my certificate!

I am hugely honoured to have received this award, and so grateful for such a supportive advisor in Alison and the rich research community I get to work in with NCRCL at Roehampton. xx

LGBTQ YA Month – Once Upon a Bookcase

I’m a Once Upon a Bookcase LGBTQ YA Month participant!

For the WHOLE month of July, Jo at Once Upon a Bookcase is hosting LGBTQ YA month! Her schedule includes everything from daily reviews of some of the best LGBTQ YA books available, but she’ll also have author interviews, discussions, link round-ups and guest posts—including a post from me on 30th July! I’m particularly excited to read the interviews she’s conducted with Joanne Horniman (author of About A Girl) and Emily M. Danforth (author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post).

I’ll be posting a link when my guest post goes up at the end of the month, but in the meantime, go check out Once Upon a Bookcase’s LGBTQ YA Month!!

UPDATE: My blogpost for Once Upon a Bookcase is live! 6 LBGT Young Adult Novels with a Twist