(Chaired by Dr Naomi Booth)
A reading and discussion with brilliant new writers who re-present the maternal experience with dazzling insight, honesty and artistry.
Please note: This event will start at 6pm – this is a change in time from what was originally stated in the York Literature Festival Brochure.
Liz Berry’s The Republic of Motherhood (Chatto, 2018) sings the body electric, from the joy and anguish of becoming a mother, through its darkest hours to its brightest days. The title poem won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2018, and the pamphlet was a Poetry Book Society Choice Winner 2018 and was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Awards 2018.
Jessie Greengrass wrote Sight just after giving birth to her first child. The novel, shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018, weaves together philosophy, science and subjectivity to produce a work of extraordinary intimacy.
Rachel Bower’s Moon Milk (Valley Press, 2018) takes an unflinching look at the joys and challenges of pregnancy, birth and early childhood. This collection of poems explores the largely unmapped territories of loss, bewilderment, shame and transformation that can be part of the maternal experience.