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Miranda Quinney

Story Maker

Miranda has been working with story for the last ten years. She tells, makes and performs stories to young and old in a variety of locations - from offices to woodlands, in libraries, theatres and festivals. She is passionate about the importance of saving people's real life stories and works with individuals and groups as a biographer and facilitator. Her work with patients, staff and carers at Watford's Peace Hospice Care is a daily reminder of how powerful our stories are. She has developed Sharing Stories for Wellbeing as a way to share the benefits of biographical story telling.

Before the world of story, Miranda studied Law and Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge then worked in London as an employment lawyer in a City Firm. She also has experience in marketing and business development for a FTSE 100 recruitment company. She lives near London with her husband, two children and crazy dog, Smudge. For more information about Miranda's work and background please log on to

Doreen Pattenson

Social Worker

Having begun her career in nursing, Doreen moved into social care in 1990 and has been a Senior Social Worker in both local authority and hospice environments. With diplomas from Hertfordshire University, the Tavistock and Portman Clinic and Middlesex University she has specialised in Palliative Care of adults and children. As well as holding a case load, Doreen provides supervision to staff in a variety of settings, delivers training courses, and participates in a wide range of inter-disciplinary groups working across the NHS, local authority, hospices and other support and care organisations.

Her children now grown-up, Doreen has developed her hobby of bee-keeping, winning awards both locally and at national level. With hives at a number of apiaries, she is always learning more but also teaching aspects of the apiarist hobby through her local association. Find out more at