Dr Catherine Butler

Dr Catherine Butler

Senior Lecturer

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

+44(0)29 208 75971
2.41, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision

I joined Cardiff University in 2015, having previous worked at the University of the West of England in Bristol. I specialize in children's literature, but have published in various areas of English.

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

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

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.

Current supervision

Eris Leigh

Research student

Debbie Gascoyne

Research student