Morag Styles

Emeritus Fellow, Professor of Children's Poetry
Faculty of Education
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Morag Styles did her PGCE Course at Homerton College in 1970-1 and has taught at the College since 1974. She currently  divides her time between research, teaching, supervision of doctoral students and co-ordinating the masters’ route, Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature at Cambridge Faculty of Education. Her research interests (detailed below) mainly lie within the field of the academic study of children's literature.

She has organised two exhibitions at the Fitzwilliam Museum (1995 and 2000) and one at the British Museum (2009) as well as numerous international conferences, the most recent of which were The Power of Caribbean Poetry: Word and Sound (2012), Homerton College, and  Poetry and Childhood, British Library (2009). She is Chair of Philippa Pearce Memorial Steering Committee which organizes a well attended annual lecture at Homerton by a distinguished children’s author.

She is an active member of the Homerton Cambridge Centre for the Research and Teaching of Children’s Literature and the Centre for Commonwealth Education. Morag Styles is currently leading a Caribbean Poetry Project in collaboration with The University of the West Indies. She chairs Homerton Library Committee and Equal Opportunities Committee. She is well known for organizing memorable Burns Night extravaganzas!

Research Interests: 
  • Poetry for children including its history
  • The history of reading
  • Visual literacy

Current Research Projects

Morag Styles has been leading a project on Caribbean Poetry in collaboration with The University of the West Indies since 2010. This has involved working closely with colleagues in Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and running courses across the Caribbean and in Cambridge and London. This is strongly linked to Homerton College who have hosted a related conference, book launch and Teachers’ Day.


Teaching And Professional Interests: 
  • Children's literature
  • Reading and its history
  • Visual literacy
  • Poetry
  • Shakespeare for children
  • BSc Social Scince
  • PGCE
  • Bryan, B. and Styles, M.  (eds.) (2013)Teaching Caribbean Poetry, London: Routledge.
  • Salisbury, M. andStyles, M. (2012) Children’s Picturebooks: the art of visual storytelling, London: Laurence King.
  • Styles, M., Joy, L. & Whitley, D. (eds.) (2010) Poetry and Childhood, Stoke-on-Trent, Trentham.
  • Styles, M. and Arizpe, E. (eds.) (2009) Acts of Reading: Teachers, Texts and Childhood, Stoke-on-Trent, Trentham.
  • Arizpe, E. and Styles, M. (2006) Reading Lessons from the Eighteenth Century: Mothers, Children and Texts, Lichfield, Pied Piper Press.
  • Arizpe, E. and Styles, M. (2003) Children Reading Pictures:Interpreting Visual Texts London, Routledge.
  • Styles, M. and Bearne, E. (eds.) (2003) Art, Narrative and Childhood, Stoke-on-Trent, Trentham Books (pp.157).
  • Watson, V. (ed.) (2001) The International Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English , Cambridge, CUP - Styles, M. (Poetry Editor)
  • Styles, M. (1998) From The Garden to the Street: Three Hundred Years of Poetry for Children, London, Cassell (pp. 304).
  • Hilton, M., Styles, M., Watson, V. (eds.) (1997) Opening the Nursery Door: Reading, Writing and Childhood:1600 - 1900, London, Routledge.
  • Watson, V. and Styles, M. (eds.) (1996) Talking Pictures: Pictorial Texts and Young Readers, London, Hodder and Stoughton.
  • Watson, V., Bearne, E. & Styles, M. (eds.) (1996) Voices Off: Texts, Contexts and Readers, London: Cassell.
  • Watson, V., Bearne, E. & Styles, M. (eds.) (1994) The Prose and the Passion: Children and their books, London: Cassell.
  • Watson, V., Bearne, E. & Styles, M. (eds.) (1992) After Alice: Exploring Children’s Literature, London: Cassell.
  • Styles, M. (ed.) (1988) Collaboration and Writing, Milton Keynes: Open University Press.