Writings

Here is a selection of writing - a mix of articles I've written for magazines, general musings and My Pet Peeves. There's also short stories, which are available via the Ether Reads smartphone app

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I have been commissioned to write articles for magazines on a range of topics. I also write about various aspects of parenting, often sparked by something I have read. Plenty is written and said about motherhood, but not always by the mothers themselves. It is more likely that their thoughts are recorded retrospectively, if at all. Some of these can be seen here Mothers Uncovered

We Need To Talk About Dad... (06 March 2017)

My husband died six weeks ago. Sorry for this bald opening sentence, but I don’t find delicacy the best option. Speaking to various organisations (tax, banks, DVLA etc) in the last month has made me snort (inwardly) at the ... [More]

New motherhood and PND (Full article. Shorter version appeared in The Guardian) (25 August 2014)

When the midwife places your newborn in your arms, you will feel a mixture of exhaustion and ecstasy. ‘This is the beginning of the rest of my life. Everything’s going to be wonderful’, not, ‘Where’s ... [More]

Our health system is failing new mothers - The Guardian (08 July 2014)

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/08/health-system-failing-new-mothers-postnatal-depression-nhs#start-of-comments   When the midwife places your newborn in your arms, you will feel a mixture of exhaustion ... [More]

Your Home, Your Castle - in 'Living' - online publication (11 March 2013)

According to the colourful Antipodean soap, everybody needs good neighbours, but how many people actually get on with the ‘next doors’? The English are well known for their keenness for privacy: gripped by a mixture ... [More]

Playlist - The Guardian - Family section (01 September 2012)

'When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman' Dr Hook 'When you're in love with a beautiful woman, it's hard...' Later on in life I became aware of boys sniggering at the innuendo of this line, but the first time I heard the ... [More]

Enough Already - in The Little Times magazine (June/July 12) (01 July 2012)

In the last eight months there have been three diatribes about mothers in the press. They have all come from childless women in their forties. Last summer's self-congratulatory twaddle from Emma Kennedy portrayed mothers as ... [More]

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