Miriam Darlington was born and brought up in Lewes, Sussex. She lived and worked in France for two years, then studied at Sussex University. On graduating she wrote a teen-novel, then studied for an MA in children’s literature at the Roehampton Institute, and later gained a PGCE to teach in secondary school. She taught French and English for 12 years whilst still writing poetry and prose, before becoming a full-time writer in 2007. A prize-winning poet, she gives readings and workshops at literary festivals and events, and has one full collection of poetry, Windfall which was published by Oversteps Books in 2008. She has written a book for young children, Footprints in the Sand, an ecological tale about rivers. In 2009 she gained funding to complete a book on otters in conjunction with a PhD at Exeter University. She writes for The Countryman magazine, Resurgence and Archipelago, edited by Prof Andrew McNeillie. She lives in Devon with two children, one dog, two cats, four chickens and one husband. Her first book for adults, Otter Country, was published by Granta in 2012. Her latest book, Owl Sense, will be published by Faber & Faber in February 2018.