My name is Daisy Johnson, and I'll be tweeting @wethehumanities for the week beginning 10th May. I'm never sure how to start these sorts of introductory posts, so maybe we start at the beginning - and for me, that's books, and children's literature in particular. After gaining my undergraduate degree in Performance Writing, a degree which changed my life, I worked for several years as a librarian in both public and academic libraries, and did a Masters in Children's Literature through distance learning. I'm now working for an MPhil at the University of York, and I look at the representation of landscape within children's literature. This can cover anything from Platform 9 ¾ , mapping the contemporary pony story, through to The Secret Garden. My thesis however focuses specifically on the shifting representation of landscape within the golden age(s) of children's literature.
I see children's literature as one of those great building blocks of the world; it's a space in which everything comes from. Our adult selves, our adult values, our relationships with the world. I am fascinated in those moments between book and self, book-shaped self and the world. I'm a writer, a researcher, a librarian, a fan, and I could talk for hours about the nature of the page-edge in picture books. You can find me talking about this sort of thing online @chaletfan and at my blogs; http://didyoueverstoptothink.wordpress.com and http://bigbootsandadventures.wordpress.com.
I look forward to chatting with you all.