Miriam Burke

Miriam Burke

Miriam Burke is from the West of Ireland and now lives in London. She has a PhD in Psychology and worked as a clinical psychologist before becoming a full-time writer.

Miriam has had stories published in anthologies and magazines, and some of her stories won awards.


Q: What is the first book you remember reading, or being read to as a child?

A: The Turf-Cutter’s Donkey by Patricia Lynch. I loved it because there was a donkey in my life. It was my aunt and uncle’s donkey and I rode it every day when I stayed with them on their farm in East Galway.


Q: What is the least interesting part of writing for you?

A: Checking practical details e.g. is my character using a phone before they were invented.


Q: If you could teleport yourself anywhere, real or fictional, where would it be and why?

A: Early 20th century Dublin. I’d like to have belonged to an organisation called Inghínidhe na hÉireann (Daughters of Ireland). The members were suffragettes, socialists, and republicans and they worked for social justice for years before taking part in the 1916 rebellion. They included such colourful characters as Countess Markievicz.