A distinguished writer or other artist is in residence for part of each term. In Summer 2013 our writer-in-residence will be David Almond. Almond has won the Carnegie Medal, Smarties Award, two Whitbread Awards, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award, given to an author whose complete works are judged to have made lasting contributions to children's literature. His first novel, Skellig, won the Whitbread Children's Award and the Carnegie Medal. The Fire-Eaters won the Whitbread, the Smarties Gold Award, and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. My Name is Mina was shortlisted for the 2011 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. His newest book is The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean.
Recent lecturers have included such scholars and writers as:
- Leonard Marcus, author of Minders of Make-Believe and the Margaret Wise Brown biography Awakened by the Moon.
- Diane Muldrow, editorial director of Golden Books at Random House.
- Philip Nel, author of The Annotated Cat: Under the Hats of Seuss and His Cats and Dr. Seuss: American Icon.
- Maria Nikolajeva, author of The Aesthetic Approach to Children's Literature; The Rhetoric of Character in Children's Literature; and From Mythic to Linear: Time in Children's Literature.
- Perry Nodelman, author of Words About Pictures and The Pleasures of Children's Literature.
- Delia Sherman, winner of the Mythopoeic Award for The Porcelain Dove.
- Maria Tatar, author of Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood; The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales; and Off With Their Heads: Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood.
- Nancy Willard, poet, novelist, and Newbery medal winner for A Visit to William Blake's Inn.