Miriam Hastings isa novelist and short story writer. She has published fiction, poetry, literary reviews and articles,
and essays on mental health.
Whether she is writing from the point of view of a patient in a mental hospital, a child in foster care, or a minister's daughter living on the north coast of
Scotland in the early 19th century, Miriam is always concerned with portraying the experience of the outsider in society; giving a voice to the powerless and the oppressed.
As a child and an adolescent, she suffered from repeated bouts of ill-health, both physical and mental, which meant she had to leave school when she was only
As a mature student, she achieved a BA from Middlesex Polytechnic, then an MA and PhD from the University of London where she taught for fifteen years.
She has also worked in mental health, in a variety of fields. For several years she ran therapeutic creative writing groups for survivors of childhood trauma
and mental distress.
She lives with a congenital, degenerative spine disease and now she can only write using voice recognition software, or a dictaphone - this makes life as an author
quite a challenge at times!
She lives in Stratford in East London, an area that she loves, she works from home as a writer and tutor, and she leads workshops in creative writing for personal