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).
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