Kathleen Fidler was born in Coalville, Leicestershire on August 10, 1899.
Her family soon moved to Lancashire where she was educated at Girls' High School in Wigan. She later attended St Mary's College in Bangor, North Wales.
She began writing during the war years and among her books for children were two series, one covering the activities of the Brydon family and the other covering the Dean family. The characters in the Brydon series were based on her young family and their friends and these books were written mainly in the 1950's.
She went on to write both fiction and non fiction with historical backgrounds and her work continued with material based on a wide range of subjects such as lighthouses, sheep dogs, old inns and archaeology to mention only a few.
Kathleen Fidler also wrote about three hundred radio programmes, not only for "Childrens' Hour", but historical items for Schools Broadcasts. As far as the latter is concerned she could be termed one of the pioneers of BBC Schools Broadcasting.
Kathleen she spent most of her married life in the Edinburgh area, later moving to Lasswade when her husband, Mr Goldie, became Manager of the local branch of the Bank of Scotland. As Mrs Goldie, she was very well known in Bonnyrigg and would often be found reading stories to children in Bonnyrigg Public Library.
Kathleen Fidler died on August 7th 1980, aged 81.
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