Guide to the Papers of Robin Klein


MS 9301

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Robin Klein
Papers of Robin Klein
Date Range
Collection Number
MS 9301
0.9 metres (6 boxes)
Language of Materials
National Library of Australia


Scope and Contents

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, 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. 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.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (

Conditions Governing Use

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Robin Klein, National Library of Australia, MS 9301, [box number and series and/or file number]'.


The papers were donated to the Library by Ms Robin Klein in 1997 under the Cultural Gifts Program.

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.

Item Descriptions

Honoured guest, 1979 (File 1) - Box 1

Junk castle, 1983 (File 2) - Box 1

Thingnapped, 1984 (File 3) - Box 1

Penny Pollard's letters, 1984 (File 4) - Box 1

Halfway across the galaxy and turn left, 1985 (File 5) - Box 1

Games, 1986 (File 6) - Box 1

Penny Pollard in print, 1986 (File 7) - Box 1

The lonely hearts club, 1987 (File 8) - Box 1

Get lost, 1987 (File 9) - Box 2

I shot an arrow (1987); Birk the Berserker (1987) Dear Robin (1988) (File 10) - Box 2

Laurie loved me best, 1988 (File 11) - Box 2

Penny Pollard's passport, 1988 (File 12) - Box 2

Against the odds, 1989 (File 13) - Box 2

Penny Pollard's guide to modern manners, 1989 (File 14) - Box 2

Came back to show you I could fly, 1989 (File 14a) - Box 3

Screenplay adaptation of Came back to show you I could fly - 'Say a little prayer...' by Richard Lowenstein, 1991 (File 15) - Box 3

Ghost in Abigail Terrace, 1989 (File 16) - Box 3

Tearaways, 1990 (File 17) - Box 3

Boris and Borsch, 1990 (File 18) - Box 3

All in the blue unclouded weather, 1991 (File 19) - Box 4

Dresses of red and gold, 1992 (File 20) - Box 4

Amy's bed, 1992 (File 21) - Box 5

Seeing things, 1993 (File 22) - Box 5

Turn right for Zyrgon, 1994 (File 23) - Box 5

The sky in silver lace, 1995 (File 24) - Box 6

Boss of the pool: the play by Mary Morris, adapted from Klein's novel (File 25) - Box 6