Hello! I’m Miriam Joy — although some of you may know me as Finn, a nickname with a long and complicated history. I’m a novelist, poet, blogger, occasional vlogger, student, dancer, folk musician, and procrastinator. I’m agender and use they/them pronouns (if you want to know more about my non-binary identity, my coming out post is here).
I hail from South-East London, but I’m currently studying Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge. It’s a course that contains elements of history, literature, and languages, and is mostly so obscure that no one’s heard of it. I write poetry and novels that include teenage assassins, modern-day knights, fairies, and punk librarians — usually not all at the same time. You can find all my publications on my “Books” page. As well as these, my poetry has appeared in The Dawntreader, two issues of Cambridge Notes, and I’ve performed at an event organised by Cambridge PEN in support of imprisoned writers.
When not studying or writing, I read a lot of books, make occasional YouTube videos, dance (ballet and Irish dance), play music (mostly folk), and binge-watch Netflix shows. Sometimes I do Historical European Martial Arts, which seems to consist mainly of hitting people with swords — it’s great fun. At other times I do archery.
My health’s… pretty terrible, as I have hypermobility syndrome, coelicac disease, anxiety, and depression, all of which contribute to giving me chronic pain and fatigue. When my hypermobility flares up I can’t really type or hold a pen for any length of time, so you may see me blogging about my struggles with speech recognition software, or just about my latest dislocation.
I have eclectic and possibly questionable music taste, with playlists that go from Purcell to Green Day or Bach to My Chemical Romance in the space of a track. I’m a big fan of musicals and also prone to breaking into renditions of “Manboy” by Eric Saade, so approach all music recommendations with due wariness.
I own more books than I can really store in my room (500-something at the last count), I’ve worked as a school librarian, and I’ve volunteered in my local library, so it’s safe to say I love books. I have a book blog (Miriam Joy Reads) where I write reviews, and you can also find me on Goodreads. I’m passionate about social issues including poverty, equality, and diversity; I’m a left-wing queer feminist, so you can’t say I didn’t warn you.
Oh, and a note: since I care about social justice and also do swordfighting, it would be entirely accurate to call me an SJW, so don’t bother trying to use that as an insult (it only ever seems to come out of the mouths of bigots, so says a lot more about you than about me).
Other places you can find me:
For further information about me, the following posts might provide a decent introduction:
If you’re wondering what it’s like to study at Cambridge, you might want to read my Day In The Life.
Or, if you’re more of the visual type, you might want to check out the “Channel Trailer” I made for YouTube about a year ago, showing the various incarnations of my hair between 2011 and 2013, and giving you a fairly good impression of the kind of person I am: A Crash-Course In … Me (and its follow-up Miriam Joy 2014). One day I’ll make one of these that’s actually up-to-date, but it is not this day.