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

MAD, BAD MOTHER? (11 April 2012)

Is becoming a mother not how you imagined?When I gave birth to my first child, now 5, I was staggered as to how extraordinarily isolated I felt. Like many other women living in a big city, without a family network around them, I ... [More]

Playlist - The Guardian - Family section (09 January 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) (07 January 2012)

In the last eight months there have been three diatribes about mothers in the press. Last summer's self-congratulatory piece from Emma Kennedy portrayed mothers as deluded and insensitive. Then 'I'm Not a Mother, but I'm Still a ... [More]

How to Be a Good Mother (07 January 2012)

Opening my Guardian guide this morning I read with the usual sinking sense of inevitability that 'How to be a Good Mother with Sharon Horgan' was not going to be an insightful, thoughtful documentary. Rather it was going to be ... [More]

No Kids Allowed (31 August 2011)

Having kids is bad for your health. That is the crux of Emma Kennedy’s piece published a few weeks ago in the Family section of The Saturday Guardian about the joys of child-free holidays. On learning that I have two young ... [More]

Mean Girls (05 November 2007)

I am in the classroom, twelve years old, cheeks burning. ‘Haven’t you started yours yet? I’ve had mine for ages.’ She laughs scornfully at my unwomanly state. My tormenter is resentful of the fact that I& ... [More]

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