Pamela Colman Smith By Dawn Robinson-Walsh

Why Bude Needs To Know About Pamela Colman Smith – By Dawn Robinson-Walsh 


Some people’s lives are a mystery.  Most remain so, but a rare few leave a lasting mark which gifts them longevity. 

Pamela Colman Smith, the illustrator of the Rider Waite Smith tarot deck, the most universally popular tarot, is remembered primarily for that one act of creativity conducted over a period of months. However, there is much more to her life than the tarot deck. 

Additionally, she spent her last years in Bude, where she died aged 73, making her a part of Bude’s heritage. 

Local author, Dawn Robinson, wanted to uncover more about her, a research project which lasted some years and led to her book published this year, Pamela Colman Smith.  

Join Dawn now at the virtual Bude Heritage Festival to find out more about this intriguing woman artist with links to our town. Follow the links to then purchase Dawn’s book to find out new information about Pamela’s life within the social context of her time. 

Press Information

Dawn G. Robinson became fascinated by the acclaimed tarot artist Pamela Colman Smith while researching and writing her last book, Secret Bude, about the beautiful coastal town of Bude where Pamela died in 1951.

A five-times graduate and mother of five, Robinson previously worked as a teacher, lecturer and freelance feature writer in Lancashire.

Now living in Hartland and a hyperlocal publisher for Bude, Dawn and her family moved to the south-west in 2010.

She now teaches creative writing to adults in Bude, which she thoroughly enjoys, and is currently researching her next book.

Pamela Colman Smith is published by Fonthill Media and is available from the publisher or Amazon and  local bookshops.