mirandasecretgarden-21headshotMiranda Walker is a scriptwriter and author consistently working as an industry professional. She’s delighted to be Writer-in-Residence for the 2017 Cheltenham Literature Festival.

When wearing her script writing hat (it’s yellow, kind of jaunty, you’d like it) Miranda writes drama and comedy for stage, TV and radio. Her plays include An Inspector Calls Back and Fly Eddie Fly (about Olympic ski jumper Eddie the Eagle, who was consultant on the project). Her work has been staged at The Courtyard Theatre and The Landor Theatre, London, the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Brass Works Theatre, Bristol, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham and Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton. Her work has also toured to schools. Miranda is a member of the Everyman Theatre Writers’ Lab, and worked on the Skylines project with Theatre Centre London, developing new work for young audiences.

Radio credits include the flagship BBC Radio 4 topical comedies The News Quiz (writing for Sandi Toksvig) and The Now Show (Hugh Dennis and Steve Punt). She likens writing topical shows in two days to being run over, but apparently you can thrive on that as she keeps going back. Miranda also won the BBC Writersroom and Radio 5 Live Radio Monologue Contest in 2007.

Miranda has an original sitcom in development with TV production company DLT Entertainment, so her fingers are permanently crossed…it slows down her typing considerably. She’s also written two commissioned short films, Engagement Party and Rowena Cade.

With her author hat on (serious tweed affair) she’s written fifteen textbooks (three co-written) for Nelson Thornes, OUP and Hodder, on the subject of early years. She resists the urge to put gags in them. Just.

Miranda also writes for children (cue the fun pirate hat – hooray!). Her graphic text adaptation of The Secret Garden was recently published by OUP. Last year, an international book launch for OUP took Miranda to Malaysia and Singapore (way too hot for hats). Miranda also has the role of Consultant Editor for a series of OUP picture books.

Prior to writing, Miranda worked in early years, including a stint as an Ofsted Inspector. But she’s much more popular now.

Twitter: @Miranda_W