Miranda Pender

Miranda was born in London and spent most of her life in Essex, where for several years she chaired Saffron Walden Arts Trust. She has a BSc in Managerial & Administrative Studies from Aston University in Birmingham, and initially worked in marketing. 

After deciding that she wasn’t cut out for office life, she pursued a portfolio career that involved gardening, dog-sitting, working in a riding-stables, and ultimately, music, art, and public speaking. She now lives in Sherborne, Dorset.


Miranda began playing the guitar and writing songs at the advanced age of 52, but has more than compensated for the late start! Raunchy, romantic, poignant, humorous, her subjects range from shipwrecks to stalkers; from the perils of punting to that awkward situation where you discover your lover’s name sewn into the back of his underpants…..

She has recorded two albums of original songs. Petrol Station Flowers (2015) was produced by the folk singer and entertainer Richard Digance, and Lifting the Lid (2017) by the renowned singer-songwriter and record producer Boo Hewerdine. Many of her songs are available on YouTube and Spotify, and she has published a booklet of the words to twenty of her songs, Late-Flowering Lyricist.

Her song Heart Hunter was long-listed for the Talent is Timeless songwriting competition 2021.

Miranda will be contributing songs of her own composition to Sue Boyle’s talk at the BRLSI on Monday April 11th 2022, and to the whole Day celebration in Bath on Saturday June 11th, The Waste Land Revisited.


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