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.