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Journal by Kate Paul

Journal by Kate Paul (2000)


Kate Paul was born in Jerusalem in 1940. Her British army officer father died soon after, and she, her brother and her Mother spent the next five years with other service families moving around the world, returning to England in 1945. Aged 15 she enrolled at the Somerset School of Art to study Fine Art. It was here she met the painter, Derek Boshier, who at eighteen had just been accepted at the Royal College of Art- her correspondence with him makes up a significant part of this collection.  It was at this time that Kate began to keep a journal.

After graduating from the Somerset School of Art, she moved to London, and then to Birmingham to complete a teacher training course. Kate Paul moved back to London at the beginning of the 1960’s, just in time for what has become a historically extraordinary era- socially and politically. In this period, Kate Paul’s journals and letters provide a fascinating insight into the vibrant life she lived, and the creative and interesting people she met.

Kate Paul continued to keep journals, chronicling her life, and focused on her writing, producing a number of works on true crime, and a series of children’s books.

Collection Description

Personalia relating to Kate Paul: Birth certificates, family photographs. Personal diaries: 1958-2004. Personal correspondence, including significant volumes from Derek Boshier. Copies of all books written by Kate Paul. Manuscripts for books by Kate Paul. Correspondence with publishers. Original artwork for unpublished children’s book. Material relating to BBC2 documentary about Art School, which Kate Paul contributed to.

Immediate Source of Acquistion: Donated by Kate Clarke (nee Paul) in 2008.
Dates of Creation: 1958-2008
Extent: 8 Boxes
Name of Creator: Kate Clarke, nee. Paul (1940- )
Language of Material: English
Reference  GB 0181 SxMs 94

Catalogued by Siobhan Brittan & Shova Thapa July 2008

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