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Kate was born in 1922, and spent her childhood in the Yorkshire-Lincolnshire area. She trained as an english teacher, but met her husband, the architect Eric Lyons, before beginning her teaching career. Kate and Eric set up home in Surrey, at East Molesey, in a large Victorian house. Here, Eric established his practice and Kate wrote drama and poetry in the interstices between bringing up four children. As the children grew up, she returned to teaching
and taught english and drama in local schools.
Always a keen theatre-goer, children's drama became a central part of her life. She wrote a series of plays for children, producing them at the schools where she taught. Kate was one-woman production team, making costumes and minimal, portable sets for the plays. When she stopped teaching, she ran drama groups for children from her home. Some of her young actors went on to act
Throughout her life, Kate wrote heartfelt but carefully crafted poetry. Some of her work was published in periodicals, but it was only in her seventies and eighties that she self-published some selections of verse in four anthologies.