Dorothy Samuelson-Sandvid

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Dorothy Samuelson-Sandvid
Born Dorothy Samuelson-Sandvid
14 November 1902
South Shields, Tyneside, England[1]
Died August 1984
Acomb, Northumberland, England
Pen name Dorfy
Occupation Author, journalist
Nationality English
Ethnicity English
Education St. Johns' Higher Grade School, South Shields
Period wrote for Shields Gazette from before the War until about 1970
Genre family stories and her own take on the general news
Subject Geordie Dialect
Literary movement Shields, Irthington, Shields, Allendale, Hexham.
Notable works

Basinful o' Geordie: Tyneside Readings (1970)
Between Ye an' Me (1969)
I Remember (1976)

Watt cheor? (197?)

Dorothy Samuelson-Sandvid (14 November 1902 – August 1984), known as Dorfy, was a noted dialect author and journalist[2] who specialised in the Geordie dialect.

Early life[edit]

Born Dorothy Pilbin in 1902 to a Quaker family in George Scott Street, South Shields, England[1] influenced by her childhood, she went on to write works concerned with the Geordie dialect.[3] Educated at St. Johns' Higher Grade School, South Shields. As there was no work for her father the family moved from Shields to Irthington, then back to Shields before 1938, then to Allendale in 1946, and then Hexham in 1959.


Dorfy had her own column for many years in the South Shields Gazette revolving around her early twentieth century South Shields upbringing; spoken in the Geordie dialect.[1] In her later years she retired to Hexham.[2]


  • Basinful o' Geordie (1988)[3]
  • Between Ye an' Me (1969)
  • I Remember (1976); A book detailing reminiscences from 1910 - 1914.[4]
  • Mair Geordie Taalks[5]
  • Watt cheor? (197?)
  • HOWAY HINNIES! Another Collection of Dialect Stories and Poems (195?)[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Dorphy, Dorothy Samuelson-Sandvid. Dorphy's Geordie dialog, South Shields Gazette". Archived from the original on 2003-04-13. Retrieved 2007-11-04. 
  2. ^ a b "A housewife's lot, according to Dorfy", South Shields Gazette, 2009-07-22 
  3. ^ a b Dorothy (Dorfy), Samuelson-Sandvid (1988). A Basinful o Geordie (1st Thus ed.). Coquet, GB. ISBN 0900463112. 
  4. ^ Dorothy (Dorfy), Samuelson-Sandvid (1976). I Remember. Tree Press, UK. ISBN 978-0-904790-02-3. 
  5. ^ Dorothy (Dorfy), Samuelson-Sandvid (1964). Mair Geordie Taalks (1st ed.). Harold Hill. 
  6. ^ Dorothy (Dorfy), Samuelson-Sandvid (195?). HOWAY HINNIES! Another Collection of Dialect Stories and Poems. (Shields: n.p., n.d. 195?).  Check date values in: |date= (help)