About

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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 blended 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’m gradually walking the 630 mile South West Peninsula Coast Path in England with my OH. I have a son living in London working on a PhD in Continental Philosophy  and a duaghter in Copenhagen studying Marketing.  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.

Until last year I worked for for a small Academy Trust setting up libraries in primary schools. I blog about what I’ve read, where I’ve been, what I’ve been watching, you know, that sort of thing. Mostly Shakespeare, Doctor Who and Cornwall (the further west, the better).

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Favourite activity – Coast Path Walking (summer). Knitting by the fire (winter)

Favourite TV Show – Doctor Who

Favourite Book – His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman

Favourite Aspirational Role Model – Tove Jansson’s Moominmamma

Favourite Shakespeare Performance – Anthony Sher as Prospero, RSC 2009

Favourite Movies – Local Hero, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Coco, Kurusawa’s Ikuru

Favourite Songs – Bilbo’s Last Song (At the Grey Havens) – JRR Tolkien, and Cadgewith Anthem (Trad. – arranged Steeleye Span)

Favourite Place – St Agnes, Isles of Scilly (see picture above)

Guided by the Lonely Star,
beyond the utmost harbour-bar,
I’ll find the heavens fair and free,
and beaches of the Starlit Sea.
Ship, my ship! I seek the West,
and fields and mountains ever blest.
Farewell to Middle-earth at last.
I see the Star above my mast!

From “Bilbo’s Last Song, At the Grey Havens” – JRR Tolkien

 

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6 thoughts on “About

  1. 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?

  2. 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 !!

  3. 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…

  4. … 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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