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.
- PhD Anglia Ruskin University
- MA Camberwell College of Art
- BA Manchester Metropolitan University.
- Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Learning in Higher Education (BSU, 2016).
- Children's Literature Association
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
- Children's publishing
- Picturebook design and illustration
- Small presses and artists' books
- Professional writing
- Editing and proofreading.
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
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
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 enquiry: reflections on practice-based research in children’s picturebook illustration
Little, L (2017) 'Creation as a method of enquiry: reflections on practice-based research in children’s picturebook illustration.' Journal of Illustration, 4 (2). pp. 173-185. ISSN 2052-0204
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.