Alison Waller

Researcher, Writer, Educator, Mentor. Honorary Reader in Children's Literature.


Dr Alison Jane Waller, Reader


Alison Waller is Honorary Reader at the University of Roehampton and a member of the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature. She has taught undergraduates and postgraduates on topics such as young adult fiction, memory in literature, theoretical approaches to children’s literature, and childhood and culture.

Alison specialises in young adult fiction and is the author of Constructing Adolescence in Fantastic Realism (2009). Her current project is a study of ordinariness in contemporary British YA. She is also an expert in the practice of remembering and rereading childhood fiction, and her latest monograph, Rereading Childhood Books: A Poetics, (2019) examined how adults negotiate relationships with books from their pasts. She is the General Editor of The International Journal of Young Adult Literature.

Alison enjoys developing research interests with others. She has led a co-creative project ‘Lifelong Reading: New Stories,’ working with a day centre specialising in dementia, and was co-investigator for ‘The Memory Network’, which brought together scholars working in arts and humanities and science. She has collaborated with schools and young people to create digital YA reading communities for her Covid-19 related project, ‘Reading for Normal.’