Writings

Here is a selection of writing - a mix of articles I've written for magazines, general musings and short stories. You can also go to www.rantsreviewsreflect.co.uk for more

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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 for example, my piece in The Guardian. 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

Mothers Uncovered: Making The Personal Political (23 February 2019)

Since starting Mothers Uncovered in 2008, funding has always been one of our struggles. If you’ve not had to apply for grants, imagine it as a job application. A Groundhog Day of a job application because you always have to ... [More]

Audrey Rudolf (03 January 2019)

Next week is International Women’s Day. To honour my maternal grandmother, I’d like to share with you a story from her life. To fill in some background, Audrey Muriel Rudolf (1911-2005) was born in Jamaica. She came ... [More]

Caroline Lucas at the Mothers Uncovered book launch (28 October 2018)

It's been a busy half term. The usual flurry of admin surrounding the Mothers Uncovered courses; including a new one called The Teen Years, for those navigating the later years of their offspring. The continual quest to make our ... [More]

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]

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