Shirley Toulson was an English writer, poet, journalist and local politician. She worked with the Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War II. She then studied English at Birkbeck, University of London, and worked at Foyles bookshop before becoming a journalist. From the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s, As a poet she was a member of The Group, an informal group of poets who met in London. Her work was included in the group’s 1963 anthology A Group Anthology. In 1977, Starting with her book The Drovers’ Roads of Wales, Toulson was the author of several books on the subject of walking routes used by farmers moving livestock from Wales to England. Shirley contributed a profile of the novelist Christine Brooke-Rose for a 1986 reference publication.

Birth Name

Kathleen Shirley Toulson


Shirley Toulson


Writer, Poet, Journalist and Local Politician



Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Shirley Toulson was born on the 20th of May 1924, in Henley-on-Thames, England.


She was died on the 23rd of September 2018 (aged 94), in England.

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Shirley attended Prior’s Field School. She then studied English at Birkbeck, University of London.

Family Details

  • Father – Unknown
  • Mother – Unknown
  • Siblings – Unknown

Marital Status


Boyfriend / Spouse

Shirley Toulson has dated –

  • Norman Toulson – In 1944, Shirley married Norman Toulson, an army lieutenant: in 1951, they divorced.
  • Alan Brownjohn – In 1960, Toulson married poet Alan Brownjohn. In 1962 she and her husband Alan Brownjohn were elected as Labour councillors in the Wandsworth London Borough Council. In 1969, they divorced.

Physical Statistics


  • In feet – 5 feet 5 inches
  • In centimeters – 165 cm
  • In meters – 1.65 m


  • In Kilograms – 56 kg
  • In Pounds – 124 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 34-24-35
  • Bust – 34 inches
  • Waist – 24 inches
  • Hip – 35 inches
  • Bra Size – 32B

Body Build


Eye Color


Hair Color


Shoe Size

She wears a size 7.5 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 5 (US).



Professional Statistics

Famous For

Shirley became known as an English poet, writer, journalist, and local government official. She enlisted in the Auxiliary Territorial Service and attended Prior’s Field School during World War II. She worked at Foyles and studied English at Birkbeck, University of London, before going into journalism.

Shirley Toulson Net worth

Shirley Toulson has an estimated net worth of $5 million dollars as of 2024.

Some Lesser Known Facts About Shirley Toulson

  • Shirley was born in Leeds, England, into a creative family. Her mother was a talented musician, while her father was a well-known painter.
  • Toulson’s creative growth  also greatly influenced by growing up in a creative and intellectually stimulating atmosphere. From a young age, Toulson’s also love of writing and teaching was apparent.
  • She was a gifted writer and her academic achievements were well-recognized by her professors. In the 1950s, With the publication of her debut poetry collection, Whispers From the Heart, Toulson’s writing career got underway.
  • Shirley belonged to “The Group”. There are many of her works, including Circumcision’s Not Such a Bad Thing after All and Other Poems, Keepsake Press, 1970, The Fault, Dear Brutus: A Zodiac of Sonnets, The Drovers’ Roads of Wales, The Companion Guide to Devon, and other books deserve special mention.
  • Her poetry’s intense feelings and thoughtful subjects connected with both readers and critics, making her a well-known figure in the literary community.
  • Over her career, Toulson produced a number of highly regarded poetry books, including “Silent Echoes” and “Whispered Secrets.” She also continued to create outstanding pieces.
  • In addition to her writing work, Shirley Toulson has had a distinguished teaching career. She was adamant about the power of education to mold young brains and motivate upcoming writing generations.
  • In 1962, in the Wandsworth London Borough Council, she and her husband Alan Brownjohn were elected as Labour council members.


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