I am Dorothy Fleet, a lifelong friend of James Kirkup from his home town and his archivist since 2006. With James' support, I have established a vast collection of his books, artefacts and papers including all of his, as yet, unpublished work. Following James' sad death in Andorra on 10th May 2009, Makoto Tamaki, his executor and sole beneficiary, appointed me to handle James' on-going literary estate. All income, which is generated through publication fees, is used to develop and preserve the Collection and to promote interest in James Kirkup's work.

Over the last few years the number of requests and enquiries has increased steadily. The collection is now has it's home at and is administered by South Tyneside Libraries.

All requests for permission to publish and any other enquiries regarding James Kirkup’s life and work can be sent to Catrin Galt(Administrator of the James Kirkup Collection) at localstudies.library@southtyneside.gov.uk