Hunt for biography of Catherine Hollingworth

The Friends and staff of the Brechin Town House Museum are on the hunt to find the biography of a renowned Brechin born speech and drama therapist.

Catherine Hollingworth was born at Panmure Street in 1904 and died in 1999 in Aberdeen.

After completing her training at the Royal Academy of Speech, Catherine started to develop an interest in speech therapy, which she herself had required following an accident.

Catherine was a child drama pioneer, speech therapist and founder of Aberdeen Municipal Children’s Theatre which she directed between 1956-1968

Her pioneering work in this field was recognised in 1965 when she was awarded the OBE.

As part of the research about her life the Friends are trying to obtain a copy of her biography ‘Tilting at Windmills’ written in 1991 by Alan Nicol.

Steve Nicol, committee member of the Friends of Brechin Town House Museum said: “The book is no longer in print and a thorough search of online book stores has been unsuccessful and no copies are held in Angus libraries.

“Maybe a reader of the Brechiner may have a copy of Catherine’s biography and would be prepared to loan the book for a short period of time.

“It would be extremely useful to have access to her fascinating life story and use it to help ensure that her work remains in the public eye, especially in her home town. Fingers crossed!”

If you have a cope of the book contact Steve Nicoll on 01356 623256 or email