I completed my B.A. in Trinity College Dublin before pursuing an M.A. and Ph.D. at the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature in the University of Roehampton, London. My research has primarily focused on representations of landscape and the idea of wilderness in children’s literature. Focusing on the Antarctic as a case study landscape my Ph.D. research explored over a century of literary representations of Antarctica for child readers. I am interested in how wilderness is conceptualised, the use of maps in literature, and how texts for children represent ecophobic or ecophilic attitudes towards landscapes and the natural world. My work has also focused on depictions of heroism and masculinity in children’s literature, and latent imperialism in modern British children’s literature.