Miranda Pender

Location: Saffron Weldon, Essex
About me...

In 2011, I was quite an ordinary 52-year-old woman, living with my husband in north-west Essex. I enjoyed listening to music, but it never occurred to me that I might be able to sing, and I certainly didn’t envisage myself performing solo with a guitar, and playing songs that I’d written. Not only that, but that I’d record and release my own CD, produced by my teenage hero, the musician and entertainer Richard Digance, who became my mentor.

About my talk/performance...

The standard talks are 45 minutes plus time for questions at the end, but I can adjust the timing to suit your requirements. They are about 50:50 spoken word:song.

I play an acoustic guitar, unplugged in small venues, or through an amplifier and with a microphone for larger ones. I can supply all the equipment, which is PAT tested, and I hold Public Liability Insurance.


My fee varies depending on the size of the audience. The flat rate for groups of up to 40 people is £40 + 30p per mile travelling expenses. After that, it’s an extra £1 per person, so for an audience of 75, it would be £75 + 30p per mile.

I am normally prepared to travel up to about 30 miles from Saffron Walden – this includes Cambridge, Newmarket, Haverhill, Sudbury, Braintree, Chelmsford, Harlow, Hertford, Stevenage, Letchworth, Royston, Huntingdon, Ely. Please contact me to discuss the options for bookings further afield.

We are planning a house move to Dorset in the later part of 2017. We’ll maintain a foothold in the Essex area until the end of the year, so I’ll continue to accept bookings up until then. I will of course honour any existing bookings made in Essex for 2018, but regret I can’t take on any more.

HOWEVER – from the beginning of 2018 I’m open to offers from groups in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire! I’m prepared to travel within about a 40 mile radius from Sherborne – that includes Bristol, Bath, Trowbridge, Warminster, Salisbury, Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester, Weymouth, Bridport, Lyme Regis, Honiton, Taunton, Bridgwater, Glastonbury, Wells.

From March to October I am available mornings, afternoons and evenings; November to February, afternoons only. I would always consider a short-notice booking to cover a cancellation.

My Contact Details:

01799 540465 MOBILE: 07896 354616

Late-Flowering Lyricist

Miranda Pender Late-Flowering Lyricist

How I overcame a life-threatening illness and reinvented myself as a singer-songwriter. An entertaining and inspirational mix of words and music.

This is a story of how it may never be too late to change direction in life; how I learned the importance of ‘seizing the moment’; and how, with a bit of determination, ALMOST anyone can do ALMOST anything. (OK, I won’t be talking anytime soon about How I Became An Olympic Gymnast…..)

Lifting the Lid

Public Speaker Miranda Pender talks about Lifting the Lid

The perils of researching family history: stories and songs of love, loss, jealousy, betrayal, revenge…..often humorous, sometimes poignant, occasionally shocking.

A forebear deported to Australia for sheep-stealing can, after a couple of hundred years, acquire a certain raffish glamour, but how do you feel if the uncomfortable truth you discover is closer to the present day?