A creative exploration of childlessness in the 21st century by a chorus of poets and writers

Un(mother) is a creative exploration of what it’s like to be childless in 21st century society via spoken word, poetry, monologue and verbatim interview. This project will culminate in a piece of digital art featuring a myriad of thoughts from a diverse team of writers presented in a thought provoking film with an accompanying booklet of words.

The film made during this project will be part of The Brighton Fringe, hosted at a digital venue The Living Record. There will also be a pamphlet of the writing made during the project, which will be available to purchase.

AWESOME! HOW CAN I TAKE PART?

WHO I AM LOOKING FOR
I am looking for up to 15 poets/writers of all levels of writing experience who are currently childless to take part in this project. There are no limitations – this can be by choice, not by choice, you can be trying, or wanting to try, definitely not trying or not sure at all. You are so welcome to join to us if you have experienced loss during pregnancy too, even though in this case you may wear the badge of Mother. You must be willing to explore childlessness, and the societal expectation (perhaps) of becoming a mother, through words, poetry and discussion.

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
This is an opportunity to amplify the experience of ‘not mothers’ and ‘not yet mothers’ and ‘mothers waiting for children’ – to explore how it feels to live inside these bodies and to share this experience with a wider audience in a creative way, whilst raising money for charity.

WHAT WILL PARTICIPANTS BE EXPECTED TO DO?
The project will take the shape of a series of mini workshop bites (pre-recorded) and a series of prompts and thought material, delivered via a private facebook community. Writers will be given a couple of weeks to complete some tasks and write some things, with feedback always available via the facebook group. This project is very fluid and may head in a tweaked direction – I’m envisioning the group will steer this. You will have the opportunity to receive edit feedback from the group and Jessica, and then will submit some pieces of writing (and possibly interview recordings, recording of the writing etc). Jessica will then pull this together into the piece of digital art ready for the festival. There are different levels of participation suitable for every participant. This project will quite possibly include an element of recording your voice and/or image.

There is unlikely to be a mass zoom or similar so people from all timezones can apply.

COPYRIGHT
Copyright for the words will remain with you and final approval will be sought before publication of both the digital art and the booklet.

COSTS (IT’S FREE!)
This project is free to take part in but there is unfortunately no payment for artists as this is an unfunded project – unless something changes. After we have covered costs, all proceeds will go to a charity which supports women – you will help to decide which one (It is likely to be the Mariposa Trust or SANDS)

HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Please fill in THIS FORM if you are interested in joining the writers collective for this project. I will get in touch with you after receiving your application.

Un(mother) is a Growing Poetry project curated by Jessica Boatright.