Dr Wendy O'Shea-Meddour

Research interests

Dr O'Shea-Meddour's main areas of expertise include: children's literature, creative writing, critical theory, feminist theory, world literature and postcolonial theory. She has published academic work on writers and thinks such as Derrida, Sartre, Monica Ali, Hanif Kureishi and V S Naipaul, but as an internationally succesful children's author (and an experienced writing consultant and editor), she also supervises a wide range of postgraduate work including creative writing PhDs. 

Last year, she was awarded a Heritage and Creativity Fellowship enabling her to embark on an interdisciplinary research project examining the construction of 'Migrants, Aliens and the Other in Contemporary Children's Literature'. This was born out of her AHRC funded research on 'The Muslim Other in Contemporary British Fiction' and has led to a collabration with colleagues at Newcastle University and Seven Stories (the National Centre for Children's Books). Though in its early stages, this research has already inspired a forthcoming children's book with with Oxford University Press.

Dr O'Shea-Meddour has also been the recipient of the John C Laurence Award for 'Writing that Improves Relations Between the Races', and an Arts' Council Grant (2018) that supports her most recent project: 'Vulnerable Children and the Power of Picture Books'.