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Lucy Andrew is the Programme Leader of BA (Hons) English and Lecturer in English Literature at University Centre Shrewsbury. Her research specialisms are in children's literature, young adult fiction, crime fiction, popular culture and fan studies.

What are you teaching this year?

Ways of Reading; An Introduction to English Literature; Children’s Literature: Genres, Forms, Functions; Criminal Fictions; Young Adult Fiction; Work Based Learning. I’m also supervising some very exciting third-year dissertations!

Tell us about your research.

My research focuses on popular fiction – particularly children’s literature, young adult fiction, crime fiction, comics and graphic novels and fandom. My last book project focused on the history of the boy detective.

What are you working on right now?

I’m co-editing a book on sidekicks in crime fiction – my own contribution for the book focuses on Robin, the Boy Wonder. I’m also starting work on my next book, which will focus on the bad boy of the Harry Potter series: Draco Malfoy.

Who are your top five authors and why?

Jeff Lindsay: his Dexter series is frighteningly good.

Barry Lyga: his I Hunt Killers trilogy is Dexter for teenagers.

J. K. Rowling: I LOVE the Harry Potter series – Rowling is an excellent world builder.

David Levithan: he writes fresh and heart-warming LGBTQ YA fiction.

Robert Bloch: if you haven’t read Psycho, you really should!

Tell us about a book that changed your life.

Marilyn Singer’s Horsemaster was the first YA book that I read. It’s an amazing fantasy narrative and I’ve not yet found another book that compares to it.

Who is your literary hero/heroine?

Draco Malfoy – he may be Harry Potter’s nemesis, but Draco will always be my hero.

What should your students remember about you?

I’m a Slytherin – proceed with caution!

What might people not know about you?

I play the cello – sometimes in public!

What is the best piece of advice that you could give to an English student?

You don’t have to love every book that you read. Even if you hate a book, it can still be incredibly rewarding to study. But, whenever you get the chance, write about what you love!

What makes University Centre Shrewsbury unique?

I know all of my students and they all know me. We’re small and supportive and nobody gets lost in the system.

 

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