Dr David Budgen will be giving a talk on British Children’s Literature and the First World War based on his academic study 'British Children's Literature and the First World War: Representations since 1914'.
Children's authors have continually attempted to engage with changing perceptions, points of view and attitudes towards the First World War. David Budgen will consider the role novels, textbooks and story papers have played in shaping understandings of the Great War over the last 100 years.
David will trace developments of understanding of the conflict from the works of Percy F. Westerman and Angela Brazil, to more recent tales by Michael Morpurgo and Pat Mills. In doing so he will raise important questions about the presentation of history to the young.
Dr David Budgen, is an Associate Lecturer in the School of History and member of the centre for War, Media and Society, University of Kent.