About me

I write books and short stories for children, teens and adults. I also write poetry, articles and contribute to blogs. I have been writing all my life, since I could hold a pen, and I love to write in cafes.


When I was young my dream was to leave Earth's gravity.I haven't quite managed that yet.

I love to travel and I collect oceans. I already have four out of the five oceans on Earth. An ocean is collected once I've paddled in it. In this photo I am in the Indian Ocean off Australia.

 My collection includes the Pacific, Southern and Atlantic Oceans. I have yet to add the Arctic Ocean and complete the set.

I was a teacher for 25 years and taught all ages. I loved the buzz of teaching and the wonderful students I worked with.

 Now I speak in schools about my books, in the UK and abroad. But the students are still just as individual and fascinating whatever language we are using.


Being an author means you get the chance to speak about your books in many different ways....


on TV...




... on radio...




... in bookshops...





...and even in a yurt on the South Bank... a wonderful event about Celebrating Sanctuary and I was introduced by Michael Rosen!

If you have any questions do Contact Me.

Enjoy my website and HAPPY READING!!

I am represented by Anne Clark Literary Agency.

Holiday House, April 2019
Holiday House, April 2019

A great story for

8-11yr old children  from WW2.

Firefly Press, 2018.
Firefly Press, 2018.

Miriam Halahmy successfully uses a light touch with this dark material. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Anne Cassidy

This book has completely changed my way of grasping the word 'home'...you will realise what 'home' is and where your real 'home' is by the end.
An Nabeshima, 17 yrs, from Japan.
Holiday House, USA, 2017
Holiday House, USA, 2017

With Vice President, Mary Cash, Holiday House Books, New York. "Miriam's writing speaks directly and urgently to young people about subjects which matter to them and the world. We are delighted to welcome her to Holiday House.”

Troika Books, 2018
Troika Books, 2018

I enjoyed HIDDEN. I liked the way you use real racial comments, it gave the book a realistic real feel to it, instead of seeming like it was obviously made up. I would recommend it to my friends and I would read other books of yours because this one was different from anything that I have read in the past.

Conrad, Y8

The Emergency Zoo is amazing. It is really gripping and you can't be dragged away from it.  

Miriam Berry, 8 yrs.

I really enjoyed The Emergency Zoo. What made me happy was that rather than letting the parents take charge... Tilly and Rosy had the courage to  hide their pets away in their secret den. I think animals deserve to be safe and looked after like people.

I want to read HIDDEN now as you say it's about standing up for what you believe in.

Lola, 10 yrs.

This is truly a gem of a book. I had to sneak it off my daughter's bedside table and couldn't put it down until I'd finished it.

Jane Yates, Teacher.

Holiday House, USA. 2016
Holiday House, USA. 2016

Miriam's books get better and better - there's never a moment when you're bored.

Aisling Copeland, 14.

After hearing Miriam talk today I feel that I want to try writing.

Phoebe Ridgeway, 14

I love the twists in your books, the way I can't predict what Lindy or anyone else is going to do next.

Y8 pupil, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School.