Misunderstandings of Motherhood

This blog was written for The Motherload and first published here. A close friend recently told me that she is expecting her first baby. Needless to say, I was absolutely delighted for her and her husband, and the joy on both their faces at finally being able to share their news was obvious. We talked about … Continue reading Misunderstandings of Motherhood

Publication of the Month

As 2017 was fading into 2018, I found out that one of my short stories had been voted December's Publication of the Month at Spill Words Press. Being one of the nominees had been reward enough, but last night's news pushed me into 2018 on a high. The original publication of this story gave me some much … Continue reading Publication of the Month

Postnatal Confinement

BBC news published an article this week about postnatal confinement, a traditional practice that is widespread within the Chinese community. Confinement is thought to be important because of the community's belief that the immunity of both mother and baby is low following the birth (note; I have not researched the science behind this belief). Women traditionally … Continue reading Postnatal Confinement

Home Town

Early on Saturday morning I caught the train to Birmingham. It was still pitch black as the train left Bristol, and the light didn’t break through the darkness until about an hour into my journey. Dawn arrived as the train pulled into Gloucester, and I recognised the familiar landscape of the city that I grew … Continue reading Home Town