Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air: And like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded in a sleep. – The Tempest
Miranda died on 1 June 2020, a year after being diagnosed with metastatic bowel cancer, at the age of 39.
She was a mother to Humphrey, Hester and Heath, a wife to Jack, and a beloved sister and daughter. She was an exceptional friend to so many of you. Her career moved between her passions for the arts, equality, communications and people. As a fervent feminist, after many years in television and theatre she was involved in the launch of the Women’s Equality Party. More recently Miranda worked as a public speaking coach, mentor and specialist in story-telling. She helped people – particularly young women – find their voice and their story. She had an extraordinary and colourful presence, a sharp mind, quick wit, easy smile and dynamic energy.
This website is to keep Miranda’s friends updated with news as we plan a celebration of Miranda’s life, which we’ll hold once it’s possible to host a large gathering. Please register for updates so you know what’s going on. Pass the word on to others who would like to be included.
And please help us by contributing your stories of Miranda to an amazing memory book for Humphrey, Hester and Heath.
News and Updates
Miranda loved stories. She loved to tell stories and listen to stories. Storytelling was core to her career, social life and family life and so it seems right that her children should have the opportunity to hear stories of Miranda’s life as first-hand accounts from those that shared these experiences with her.
We would like to compile a very special book for Humphrey, Hester and Heath – a precious treasury of memories for them to hold close to their hearts for the rest of their lives. We need your help to make this a wide-reaching and vivid recollection of Miranda’s life.
What we ask: write us a story about you and Miranda from any aspect of your relationship with her. Feel free to do more than one if you would like to. Make the stories as trivial or as meaningful as you like! Please don’t censor them – the kids are young now but they will grow up in due course and they will love to hear about Miranda in all aspects of her life – as a friend from school, at the school gate, a colleague at work, a mentor or a coach, whether personal or professional, being supportive, loving, inspiring, enthusiastic, passionate, or just silly…
Stories should ideally be 500–750 words and addressed to Humphrey, Hester and Heath. Please include who you are and how you know Miranda so that the children can put each tale into context. Please tell us roughly when the story happened. Stories can be in any format – don’t worry about presentation or making it look good. Please upload your story below. And include images! (Try to make these high resolution if you can). Feel free to upload us more than one if you can’t choose between them.
We’ll edit the stories into a book. We may come back to you with a question or two. And we may ask you if we can share the story on the website to give others some inspiration.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to write down your memories of Miranda. You’ll be helping Humphrey, Hester and particularly little Heath to know why Miranda was so special to so many people.
Memory Book Submission
Miranda has been laid to rest at the beautiful Clandon Wood near Guildford. We invite you to wander through this peaceful nature reserve, enjoy the wildflower meadows and countryside views whilst visiting Miranda.
The car park is open from 9.00 – 17.00 (Monday to Friday) and 10.00 – 14.00 (Saturday and Sunday). However, you can park just outside the gates when the car park is shut and visit Miranda by foot through the pedestrian access gate.
Please note the rules for visiting. In particular, if you wish to bring and leave flowers please make sure these are unwrapped, natural loose cut flowers.
To find Miranda’s grave, I suggest you download the What3Words app to your phone and navigate to ///forgot.racing.hoot – this will take you directly to Miranda’s grave. Miranda would have been amused by the three words that the app has chosen for her final resting place.
If you visit, please send us your thoughts, stories and also pictures.