Debbie Pullinger

Dr Debbie Pullinger

BEd MPhil PhD

Debbie is College Tutor to Part-time students, and an Affiliated Staff Member in the Faculty of Education.

Debbie Pullinger

Following a degree in Education from Leeds University (1982–1986), Debbie worked in teaching and publishing and then as a freelance editor and writer. She returned to study in 2009, beginning with an MPhil in Children’s Literature and following with another in Educational Research. She went on to complete an ESRC-funded PhD at the Faculty of Education in Cambridge on the orality and textuality of poetry written for children. She then took up a postdoctoral post at the Faculty, running the Poetry and Memory Project – an interdisciplinary investigation of the experience and value of the memorised poem. She was a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson from 2014-2017.

Alongside continuing work on the Poetry and Memory Project, Debbie lectures on Children’s Literature courses in the Faculty of Education, and is College Tutor to part-time students at Wolfson. Her published work includes From Tongue to Text: A New Reading of Children’s Poetry (2017, Bloomsbury Academic).

Research interests

Debbie’s current research focuses on the experience of poetry memorisation and recitation, and the relationships between text and voice, page and body. Her other research interests include cognitive poetics and the history of children’s poetry.

Debbie particularly enjoys public engagement. As well as running poetry workshops and events, she works as a consultant to the Poetry Archive, helping to develop a national Children’s Archive.