Laura Little

  • Senior Lecturer in Publishing
  • Email: l.little@bathspa.ac.uk
  • School or Department: CoLA - Digital Academy
  • Office: NP.CM.205
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Personal statement

Laura is an editor, illustrator and designer. Her research specialisms are in children’s picturebooks and artists' books. Before joining Bath Spa University, she worked for an international newspaper, Thomson Reuters, and in educational publishing. In 2012 she founded a small fine art press, the Pink Parrot Press. Her artist's books have been acquired by national collections including the Tate, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the BALTIC.

As part of Bath Spa University's outreach programme, Laura runs Make a Little Book workshops for children that encourage creativity in drawing, writing and making books.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Anglia Ruskin University
  • MA Camberwell College of Art
  • BA Manchester Metropolitan University.

Professional qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Learning in Higher Education (BSU, 2016).

Professional memberships

  • Children's Literature Association
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Teaching specialism

  • Children's publishing
  • Picturebook design and illustration
  • Small presses and artists' books
  • Professional writing
  • Editing and proofreading.

Current scholarship

Laura's research interests include children's picturebook illustration, artists' books, typography, book design and the integration of words and pictures.

She is currently researching avant-garde picturebooks from the early twentieth century.

Research and academic outputs

Go to ResearchSPAce

Shaping pictures: picturebook narrative from an illustrator's perspective
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Little, L (2016) 'Shaping pictures: picturebook narrative from an illustrator's perspective.' In: Lieber, G and Uhlig, B, eds. Narration Transdisziplinäre Wege zur Kunstdidaktik. Kopaed, Munich, pp. 235-248. ISBN 9783867361453


Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? Visual design of characters in a picturebook from the perspective of an illustrator
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Little, L (2013) 'Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? Visual design of characters in a picturebook from the perspective of an illustrator.' In: Tavares, P, Mota Teixeira, P and Male, A, eds. CONFIA: 2nd International Conference on Illustration & Animation [proceedings]. IPCA, Porto, pp. 135-146. ISBN 9789899756762


Creation as a method of inquiry: practice-based research in children’s picturebook illustration
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Little, L (2017) 'Creation as a method of inquiry: practice-based research in children’s picturebook illustration.' Journal of Illustration, 4 (2). ISSN 2052-0204 (Forthcoming)


The golden ages of children's publishing
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Little, L (2016) The golden ages of children's publishing. In: Impressions at Galway International Arts Festival, 11 -24 July 2016, Centre for the Creative Arts & Media, Galway, Ireland.


Using geometric shapes to represent characters in a picturebook: a practice-based exploration
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Little, L (2015) Using geometric shapes to represent characters in a picturebook: a practice-based exploration. In: 22nd Annual IBBY UK/NCRCL Conference, 14 November 2015, Roehampton University, London, UK.


Words as pictures: a practice-based investigation on the use of typography in children’s picturebooks
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Little, L (2014) Words as pictures: a practice-based investigation on the use of typography in children’s picturebooks. In: Words and Pictures Conference, 2014, Bydgoszcz, Poland.


Pen to page: making and creating books
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Little, L, Morgan, P, Fahey, T, Kang, J, Sailsbury, M and Palmer, B (2014) Pen to page: making and creating books. In: The 2nd Limerick International Publishers' Salon (LIPS 2), 7 -11 October 2014, Ormston House, Limerick, Ireland.


Pen and ink: examining narrative in a picturebook from the perspective of an illustrator
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Little, L (2014) Pen and ink: examining narrative in a picturebook from the perspective of an illustrator. In: Pictures and Narrative Conference, 2014, Liestal, Switzerland.


Visual pacing of narrative in a children's picturebook
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Little, L (2013) Visual pacing of narrative in a children's picturebook. In: Myth, Fantasy and Fairy Tales in Literature and the Arts Conference, 16 November 2013, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.


Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? Depictions of characters in a picturebook from the perspective of the illustrator
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Little, L (2013) Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? Depictions of characters in a picturebook from the perspective of the illustrator. In: CONFIA 2013: International Conference on Illustration and Animation, 29 -30 November 2013, Porto, Portugal.


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