Lots of Planets Have A North
Lots of Planets Have A North

I really am called Miranda, although I tend to use my middle name instead. Shakespeare is an important influence on my life and in 2011 I completed a part-time MA, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, in Shakespeare and Theatre. My dissertation blends this interest with my work as a children’s librarian – I chose to look at the way the great playwright is presented to children as a character in historical novels.

What else? Well, I love reading about history, particularly the early modern and Romantic periods, I grow a lot of fruit and make it into jam and chutney, I love cooking, and I’m gradually walking the 630 mile South West Peninsula Coast Path in England with my OH. I have a son living in London who will shortly be embarking on a PhD in Continental Philosophy  and a duaghter in Edinburgh studying German and Scandinavian Studies.  I live in the north of England with my partner John, who combines part-time academic work with a business startup in the biomedical field, and a neurotic cat.

I work part-time in a local school encouraging children to discover the delights of reading. I fill my days with gardening, learning Italian, the occasional craft project, preserving fruit in various ways, hiking and going out with my partner, watching good movies and TV and discussing them with my friends and family, and reading a lot of books. I also go to the gym occasionally but still overeat!

I blog about what I’ve read, where I’ve been, what I’ve been watching, you know, that sort of thing. Also, increasingly, the troubled but fascinating politics of being a left-leaning person in an increasingly little England. I have a Scotland-based daughter and a radical son to keep me straight. It makes for some interesting conversations.



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  2. hello there, found your blog while looking up old Fleetwood Grammarians and stumbled on your old post about Mrs Hackett and the Latin names she gave her pupils (I was Faenisicia because my name is Hey)

    1. Hi Linda – I remember you, didn’t you have long straight blonde hair? Rather sadly, that old FGS website doesn’t seem to be there any more. And of course, the school isn’t there either. Did you stay on the Fylde coast or end up somewhere else?

  3. This is wonderful.

    Came across the blog when following up on St Michael Le Belfrey. Found the comments very close to my own experience.

    However, this comment is not about that. Its about the ‘little England’ phrase in another section of the blog. Actually, England, or to be more accurate, the UK, is not so little you know. It has the 5th biggest economy in world, which is an incredible position to be in for such a small island. But more important than that, it is a beacon of democracy. In the UK, the politicians are starting to understand that they have to do what the people tell them to do, not the other way round. German politicians are now finding that out also.

    Keep blogging – I’ll be looking regularly !!

  4. I see nothing inherently ‘racist’ about Gollies, which are (and always have been) objects of affection. As to a shopkeeper in The Shetlands, it all comes down to intent. If you try hard enough, you can turn anything, however innocent, into something nasty and negative. People who find gollies offensive always have their own agenda. Over more than 7 decades, Robertson’s sent out over 20 million Golly badges. Are you suggesting that all of those recipients were racists? The evidence is simply not there. It’s all about context. I’m currently working on a 2′ mosaic sculpture of a Robertson’s Golly, which is a labour of love. Is that racist? I don’t think so.

  5. Hmmm…. Well I came across your stuff quite by accident. I am looking for an email for Moffat & Davies… my son Arden got me into this Dr. Who stuff… though I got him into Dr. Who without thinking what I was doing. But having now seen many of both their episodes I am so totally blown away I realize I have to say something to them. I came across your Island while on my way… Dr. Who has become- well to me because I can truly speak for no one else- one of the most profound commentaries on us around right now- and by us of course I mean our species. The words he puts in Dr. Who’s mouth to explain himself and his predicaments… and the understanding his companions slowly gain of what and who he really is … well Moffat and Davies may not be Shakespeare but in the profound nature of what they are doing they are incredibly touching and simply wonderful nod towards what being human is all about…

  6. … well Moffat and Davies may not be Shakespeare but in the profound nature of what they are doing they are an incredibly touching- and simply wonderful nod- towards what being human is all about… well I wanted to correct… and say i found your post about Heaven Sent really just fantastic… I am one of those people that think Bacon had everything to do with Shakespeare but I also think those works are a little beyond genius… and when they transcend the limits of what one is familiar with.. well it turns into something else. So its literature but hardly just literature … it is Art but the kind of Art that steps outside of time…

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