Dr Catherine Butler

Dr Catherine Butler

Senior Lecturer

+44(0)29 208 75971
2.41, John Percival Building

I joined Cardiff University in 2015, having previous worked at the University of the West of England in Bristol. My first academic interest was in Renaissance poetry but I now specialize in children's literature. 

I am the author of two monographs and the editor of five academic volumes, as well as having published six novels for children and young adults. I am also associate editor of the journal Children’s Literature in Education.

I am part of the School's English Literature research theme.

Honours and awards

  • Mythopoeic Scholarship Award, 2009

Professional memberships

  • Children's Literature Association
  • Society of Authors

Previous academic positions

  • Associate Professor, University of the West of England

Speaking engagements

  • NCRCL conference, Roehampton University (2010)
  • British Science Fiction Association (2010)
  • Turkish Board of Education Symposium, Ankara (2010)
  • Danish Cultural Institute (2012)
  • Contemporary World Children and Young Adults Literature Forum, Istanbul (2012)
  • Margaret Mahy Symposium, University of Cambridge (2013)
  • Society of Authors (2013)
  • Keynote, Taiwan Children’s Literature Research Association Symposium, Tunghai University, Taichung (2013)
  • Keynote, Diana Wynne Jones Conference,University of Newcastle (2014)
  • Cheltenham Festival (2014)
  • Luxembourg Teachers' Day (2014)

My current teaching is primarily in children's literature, which I teach both from the point of view of academic criticism and as a branch of creative writing.

My research is centred on children’s literature, especially fantasy and historical fiction. Other research interests include: 

  • gender identity
  • the relationship of the academy to creative authors and ‘lay’ readers
  • fan fiction

I welcome informal queries from potential PhD students whose plans overlap with any of my listed interests.