Doreen Roberts was born in Walthamstow, London, in 1922. Although she hasrecalled developing an early interest in drawing her family could not affordto send her for the formal training that might have allowed her to pursuethat interest professionally. Instead she began work as a civil servant inthe Registrar General’s Office.
In 1942 she joined the Women's Land Army. Whilst serving in the W.L.A.she was given the opportunity to attend evening classes at Southwest EssexTechnical College. From 1945 until 1947 she attended the college as a fulltime student gaining a Ministry of Education Certificate in Art and Craft.From 1947 to 1950 she studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, UniversityCollege, London, where she received a University of London Diploma in FineArt. This was followed by a short period working as a freelance textile designerand illustrator which included a commission to design and execute a muralfor Aldenham School, Hertfordshire.
In 1951 Doreen Roberts returned to full-time education at the Universityof London Institute of Education were she was awarded an Art Teacher's Diploma.In 1952 she was appointed as the Head of the Art Department at John HowardGirls' Secondary Grammar School, London, a post she held until 1968 when shebegan to teach art and to lecture in art education on a part time basis whilstalso working as an illustrator of children's books.
In 1977 she returned to full-time teaching as a lecturer in Art and Designat All Saints Teacher Training College, London. When the College merged withMiddlesex Polytechnic she became lecturer and then senior lecturer there.She retired from teaching in 1984 and returned to illustration and writingand also pursued her interest in textile and jewellery design and photographyand film.
Doreen Roberts has illustrated and/or written over 40 books for such publishersas Oxford University Press, Harper Collins Publishers, Constable Books andMethuen Children's Books. Her work has been exhibited widely and in 1967 herillustrations for The Story of Saul the King,London, Constable Young Books, 1966, were commended in the Kate GreenawayMedal for the best illustrations for a children's book published that year.
Doreen Roberts has been elected as an Associate of the Royal PhotographicSociety and as a member of the Society of Authors.