MS 9301
Papers of Robin Klein (1936 - )

Scope and Content Note

  • Papers
  • 1983-1993
  • 84 cm (6 boxes)
  • Available for reference
  • The papers were donated to the Library by Ms Robin Klein in 1997 under the Cultural Gifts Program.

The papers consist of twenty five typescript drafts, many of them annotated, of published works for children and teenagers. There is also a small amount of correspondence between Klein and Max Dann, who jointly wrote The Lonely hearts club. Typescripts of two stage and film adaptations of Klein’s novels, Boss of the pool and Came back to show you I could fly, are also included.

Biographical Note

Robin Klein was born in Kempsey in 1936 and was educated at Newcastle Girls’ High School. She began writing full time in 1981 after working as a teacher, nurse, library assistant and craft worker. She has written for children and teenagers, as well as short stories and novels, stories in verse, and a collection of poems. Her first book, The giraffe in Pepperell Street, published in 1978, was awarded Special Mention at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Klein has since won many awards, including the Children’s Book of the Year in 1990 and the Dromkeen Medal in 1991. Her books for children include People might hear you, Hating Alison Ashley, Penny Pollard’s diary and Boris and Borsch.

Folder List

Robin Klein and Max Dann jointly wrote The lonely hearts club, published in 1987. The letters exchanged between the two authors are at the end of each chapter of the drafts (Folder 8). The correspondence gives an insight into how the two writers developed the plot, and approached their joint work.

The other folders contain typescripts of Klein’s novels and two adaptations.


  1. Honoured guest (1979)
  2. Junk castle (1983)
  3. Thingnapped (1984)
  4. Penny Pollard’s letters (1984)
  5. Halfway across the galaxy and turn left (1985)
  6. Games (1986)
  7. Penny Pollard in print (1986)
  8. The lonely hearts club (1987)
  9. Get lost (1987)
  10. I shot an arrow (1987); Birk the Berserker (1987)
    Dear Robin (1988)
  11. Laurie loved me best (1988)
  12. Penny Pollard’s passport (1988)
  13. Against the odds (1989)
  14. Penny Pollard's guide to modern manners (1989), 14a Came back to show you I could fly (1989)
  15. Screenplay adaptation of Came back to show you I could fly – ‘Say a little prayer…’ by Richard Lowenstein (1991)
  16. Ghost in Abigail Terrace (1989)
  17. Tearaways (1990)
  18. Boris and Borsch (1990)
  19. All in the blue unclouded weather (1991)
  20. Dresses of red and gold (1992)
  21. Amy’s bed (1992)
  22. Seeing things (1993)
  23. Turn right for Zyrgon (1994)
  24. The sky in silver lace (1995)
  25. Boss of the pool: the play by Mary Morris, adapted from Klein’s novel

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Guide prepared December 1998