Other Mothers is a life writing work-in-progress, using a hybrid form combining interview material, poetry, fiction, personal essay and collage, which I am writing for my PhD.
The project involves creative practice as research, alongside critical approaches, to uncover the stories of women who have become mothers through adoption, surrogacy and egg donation, and their silent partners – birth mothers, surrogates and egg donors – whose stories remain largely untold.
The critical investigation explores the artistic, ethical and methodalogical issues surrounding transforming life into literature.
My poetry sequence, Other Mothers (comprising poems ‘Babies’, ‘Wisdom’, ‘The Beds in My Head’, ‘In Her Belly’, ‘The Wrong Mother Part I’, ‘The Wrong Mother Part II’, ‘Elephant’, ‘Blue’, ‘Care’ and ‘Everything Can Be Fixed’), was shortlisted for the 2019 Cinnamon Literature Prize.
‘Through the Looking Glass: Biographical Writing as Self-reflection’ at Storying the Self Symposium, University of Brighton (March 2017). Published in the Journal of Creative Practice Volume 12, Numbers 1 & 2 (2019).
‘Designing an online MA’, part of the OU panel at National Association of Writers in Education, York ((November 2017).
‘Creative Writing Research: An investigation’ seminar at Senate House (December 2015). Reading from work-in-progress and discussion of critical context. Run by Open University/Institute of English Studies Contemporary Culture of Writing Seminar Series.
‘Other Mothers’ Children: Representations of the adoptive triangle in contemporary life writing’ at Writing Women’s Lives Research Conference, Bath Spa University (April 2015) run by BSU Life Writing Research Network.
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