Hello! I’m Finn Longman, formerly known as Miriam Joy, and this is my main blog where I talk about anything and everything — but mostly writing, disability, books, and life. I have a dedicated book blog full of reviews over at Miriam Joy Reads, and I also make videos about medieval Irish literature.

About Me

I am:

  • a writer, booknerd, Irish dancer, folk musician, and full-time procrastinator
  • agender (they/them pronouns please; my coming out post is here)
  • queer (I mostly consider myself ace/aro these days)
  • disabled / chronically ill (I have hypermobility syndrome, coeliac disease, anxiety and depression, as well as all the chronic pain and fatigue that goes along with these)
  • based in SE London
  • very bad at sticking to a regular blogging schedule

I have:

  • a degree in Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic from the University of Cambridge (expect strong opinions about medieval stuff)
  • worked in public, community and school libraries, as well as in a bookshop
  • self-published three poetry collections (but I plan to pursue traditional publishing with my novels)
  • co-authored a YA mystery novel set in a boarding school, St Mallory’s Forever, with Saffina Desforges and Charley Robson (now out of print)
  • appeared in poetry magazines such as The Dawntreader and Cambridge Notes

I like:

  • books
  • swords
  • folk music
  • small, fluffy animals, especially guinea pigs and cats
  • choreography and storytelling through dance

Other places you can find me:

TwitterTumblrInstagramGoodreads Book BlogDance Blog  YouTubeFacebook


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For further information about me, the following posts might provide a decent introduction (but I don’t remember when I last updated this list, so who knows if any of these are even still true):

Identity stuff

Happy New Queer

Coming Out (Again)

Disability stuff

Who I Was

Lost Potential and Abandoned Dreams

Limiting My Dreams


Writing To Live

Depression, Writing, and 2016

Writing Again

Dance stuff

Exam Results and Irish Dance

Dance Is My Escape Route

If you’re wondering what it’s like to study at Cambridge, you might want to read my Day In The Life.