Miriam Gamble was born in Brussels in 1980 and grew up in Belfast. She studied at Oxford and at Queen's University Belfast, where she completed a PhD in contemporary British and Irish poetry. She won an Eric Gregory Award in 2007, and the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award in 2010. Her pamphlet, This Man's Town, was published by tall-lighthouse in 2007. Her first book-length collection, The Squirrels Are Dead, was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2010 and won her a Somerset Maugham Award in 2011. Her second collection, Pirate Music, is published by Bloodaxe in 2014. She lectures in creative writing at Edinburgh University.
'These poems - understand the relation between form and violence, understand that craft and control can be acts of brute force too - against the other, even against the self. The Squirrels Are Dead is a collection of extraordinary formal versatility and skill' - Fran Brearton, Edinburgh Review. 'Experimental and wide-ranging, her work is by turns lyrical, surreal and quirkily humorous. Her debut collection shows that she is already a writer of considerable achievement and one who looks set to promise more in the future' - David Cooke, The North. 'What separates her from the thousands of other poets with a gift for sharp description, is the complexity and tautness of her arguments - Gamble's intelligence is what makes these poems a pleasure to read' - John Clegg.