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  • Place of origin:

    Derry (hand written)

  • Date:

    1929 (hand written)

  • Artist/Maker:

    McCorkell Family (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Handwriting, drawing and painting

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Marion McLachlan

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This book of poetry was written by the McCorkell children as a Christmas present for their father in 1929.

Oona (b.1910), Kathleen (b.1911), Leslie (b.1916) and Pakenham (b.1923) were the four children of Dudley and Helen McCorkell. They lived in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The children wrote poems which were put into books and presented to their father as Christmas and Easter presents. The daughters lived into their nineties, but Pakenham died in 1944.

The poems in this book are credited to Oona, Kathleen and Leslie McCorkell. The poems included in the book are entitled 'Mermaids', 'Tales of the Round Table', 'Memories of a Happy Holiday', 'Waiting at the Mayor's Parlour', 'An Unsucessful Luncheon', 'A Summer Evening', 'The Sea', 'What is it?' 'Limericks', 'Christmas', 'Thoughts', 'The Fall of Summer', 'The Owl's Cry', and 'Four Products'.

Physical description

Handmade 22-page book of poetry, pages are bound together with thread, cover is attached with glue, string and orange ribbon. Front cover is decorated with a hand drawn picture of two geese flying across a lake.

Place of Origin

Derry (hand written)


1929 (hand written)


McCorkell Family (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Handwriting, drawing and painting


Height: 24.0 cm, Width: 18.5 cm

Descriptive line

Book, poetry, hand written, with a hand-drawn cover depicting two ducks in flight, written by the McCorkell children as a Christmas present for their father, Derry, 1929.


Paper; Cardboard; Ribbon; Thread; Ink; Water-colour; String (fiber product)


Handwriting; Drawing (image-making); Painting (image-making)


Children & Childhood; Books; Christmas presents

Production Type



Museum of Childhood

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