Beyond Boundaries

Beyond Boundaries. Authorship and Readership in Life Writing: Introduction


  • Helma van Lierop-Debrauwer Tilburg University
  • Jane McVeigh University of Roehampton
  • Monica Soeting Independent Scholar



On 24 and 25 October 2019, a conference on life writing for young readers took place at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. This conference was organised by Helma van Lierop, Jane McVeigh and Monica Soeting. The main issue of the conference was that of boundaries with respect to authorship and readership in life writing.

Author Biographies

Helma van Lierop-Debrauwer, Tilburg University

Helma van Lierop-Debrauwer is Professor of Children’s Literature at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. She is coordinator of the Children’s and Adolescent Literature Master’s program at this university. She also teaches in the Erasmus Mundus International Master Children’s Literature, Media and Culture. Until January 2021, Van Lierop-Debrauwer was president of the Dutch section of the International Board on Books for Young People. Her research interests are life writing for young readers, adolescent literature, and the relationship between children’s literature and age studies.

Jane McVeigh, University of Roehampton

Dr Jane McVeigh is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton. Her publications include 'The Spanish Translations of Richmal Crompton's Just William Stories' in Transnational Perspectives on Artists' Lives (2020), edited by Marleen Rensen and Christopher Wiley. Her new biography is Richmal Crompton, Author of Just William: A Literary Life (Palgrave forthcoming 2022).

Monica Soeting, Independent Scholar

Dr Monica Soeting studied philosophy at the University of Tübingen and at the University of Amsterdam. She is co-founder of the European chapter of IABA and of the European Journal of Life Writing of which she was journal manager from 2012 to 2021. She published a biography of Dutch popular writer Cissy van Marxveldt (1889-1948) in 2017 and is currently researching a biography of Queen Emma of the Netherlands (1858-1934).





Beyond Boundaries