Come, join us on a journey through our Otherhood.
Hear our voices and join the chorus.
It’s time we told the stories of the other side…
In early 2021 a chorus of poets and writers from across the UK and beyond came together to explore childlessness in 21st Century society from a myriad of perspectives. From our weeks of gentle writing and insightful discussions, we made a thoughtful and sensitive poetry-film titled ‘Un(mother)’ alongside an accompanying book of words.
Un(Mother): The Film
This poetry-film, created and curated by Jessica Boatright, aims to amplify the voices of all women who do not have children: from those who chose this path, to women whose bodies or circumstances made that choice for them, as well as women who were contemplating the path they wanted to take.
It features words from Betty Doyle, Christine Papangelis, Georgia Spooner, Helen Murray Taylor, Jill Lauriston, Jo Gilbert, Josie Moon, Leanne Moden, Lynn Valentine, Michelle Mangal, Rosie Stewart, Russila Moodley, Sam Burns, Selina E, Susan Darlington, Tassmin Williamson, Terhi K. Cherry and Wendy Mundy.
We are asking our audience to go gentle with their watching: some of these poems explore difficult topics such as miscarriage, IVF, baby loss and infertility. Although these themes are dealt with very sensitively,
the pieces may be triggering for some.
It is dedicated to anyone who has ever felt other to mother.
The poetry-film is showing on demand at the Living Record, part of the digital Brighton Fringe, from the 28th May to 27th June 2021. All profits from ticket sales go to Wish, a mental health charity for women.
Click HERE or on the image below to book your tickets.
Un(Mother): The Book
The Un(Mother) anthology of words contains 50 poems exploring being childless or childfree in 21st Century society. It is an incredible collection of words – whatever your story or path, you will find hearts to relate to inside the pages. You can purchase the book here (paid link) or by clicking on the image.
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Un(Mother): Creative Writing Course
Want to write about the experience of childlessness or being childfree? I have set up a short course to help inspire your writing around this. The Un(mother) course is delivered directly via email and can be taken at any time at your pace – there are no zooms! The course includes:
- 14 poetry prompts, delivered to your inbox once a day for two weeks.
- “Recommended reading” for the day – suggestions of other places to find inspiration to write about being childless, including books, articles, videos and websites.
If you’d like, you can also add feedback to your package – send me 1 or 3 poems (depending on package) written during the course for me to provide detailed feedback on.
You don’t need any writing experience to take part – and if you choose to write essay or story, that fits well too. The prompts are yours forever! This course is suitable for those who are child free for any reason: by choice or not by choice, trying or not trying, undecided or happily childfree – there will be inspiration in there for you.
The basic course costs £15. The course plus detailed feedback on 1 poem costs £25, and for 3 poems its £35. You can book anytime via the dropdown below. Once you have paid please contact me with your email address to begin the course:
Terms and Conditions:
– There are no refunds on course fees once you have begun the course.
– Course materials must not be shared with others under any circumstances.