This blog is about my two professional lives: my academic life as a researcher of childhood and education, and my other life as a children’s author in French and English. There are connections between the two, but they are also quite separate aspects of my existence, and I think about them differently – so not all blog posts will be fascinating for everyone, nor always pitched similarly.
‘In a sense, all education is a failure’ is one of my favourite quotations on education, by Simone de Beauvoir (Ethics of Ambiguity). It is a happy failure, as I see it – the failure to tell the child exactly where to go and what to do, because there’s always something in the educational relationship, I think, that exceeds what the adult thinks they’re doing.
A bit about me:
Though I started to read children’s books pretty early, I somehow never stopped, and quickly started writing my own. I was also, even as a child, fascinated by childhood – very meta, I know – and by education. Unsurprisingly, I first wanted to be a primary school teacher, but it didn’t turn out that way in the end. I am now an education researcher and a children’s author. I lived and studied in Cambridge (UK) for many years, and became a doctor at some point. Well, not the type that saves people’s lives. The type that scribbles ‘PhD’ after their name and rambles about concepts and theories. Worth striving for, I think…
I then did a Junior Research Fellowship at Homerton College, in Cambridge, and I am now a lecturer in English and Education at the University of York. More about my academic work here.
In my other life as a children’s writer, I have now written fifteen or so children’s books, in French and English, with many more in the pipeline. My first series of children’s books in English, led by self-made superheroine Sesame Seade, started being published in 2013 by Hodder Children’s Books. I also write the wacky Royal Babysitters series for Bloomsbury.
My agent is Kirsty McLachlan of David Godwin Associates.
Oh yes, one important point: ‘How’s your name pronounced???!!!!!’
But that’s not even all there is to it. My full name is Clémentine Morgane Mélusine Hécate Beauvais.
As Sesame Seade would have it: ‘Seriously! Parents!’