There have been two books specifically written about Kirsty (both have since been reprinted):

  • Jean MacColl’s biography and account of the Justice for Kirsty Campaign
  • Karen O’Brien’s biography

Kirsty also merits pleasing mentions in some miscellaneous books:

  • Jean MacColl has also published her own autobiography (writing as Jean Newlove) called Yum Di Dee Dah (see below)
  • Still Suitable for Miners (Billy Bragg biography)
  • Lemmy’s autobiography
  • The Stiff Records Story (Richard Balls 2014)

Books by Jean MacColl

Yum De Dee Dah — The life story of Theatre Workshop’s choreographer Jean Newlove, Discovering Laban, working with Joan Littlewood and her marriage to writer and singer/ song-writer Ewan MacColl. This book follows Jean’s story until the birth of her daughter Kirsty (MacColl).

Buy Yum Di Dee Dah (Kindle) from (or from

Jean has also published other books about dance and movement – see her website for details.