Unravelling Mothers (Spring 2023)

Unravelling Mothers (Spring 2023)

Rediscover this poignant theme through poetry that resists stereotypes and reimagines the experience of motherhood.

‘You are always where I begin.’ – Mary Jean Chan, ‘Always’. 

How do we evoke or reimagine our mothers? What are the untold stories or new ways of capturing the lives and work of a mother, and their matrix of relationships? Can mothering be a metaphor? Creatively, do we give ourselves permission to articulate our difficult emotions towards our mothers?

For those who are mothers or long to be: what are the triumphs, the becoming of love, the taboos and traumatic memories surrounding lived, witnessed or reimagined experience of motherhood? In an age of fluid gender identities, how do we resist stereotypes of mothers and the intersections between gender and parenthood? 

Looking at the different ways mothers and motherhood are portrayed in the works by poets such as Mary Jean Chan, Sharon Olds, Rebecca Goss, Raymond Antrobus, Liz Berry, Warsan Shire, Jinhao Xie, R A Villaneuva, Julia Webb, and others, participants will be encouraged to experiment with new forms and voices, rediscovering this poignant theme through their own work. 

5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks. No Live Chats. Suitable for UK & International students.  

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Jennifer Wong was born and grew up in Hong Kong. She studied English at Oxford and received an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She is the recipient of the Hong Kong Young Artist Award (Literary Arts) and has a creative writing PhD from Oxford Brookes University. Her poems have appeared in The Rialto, Magma Poetry, Oxford Poetry, World Literature Today, Stand, The North, Wildness, The Scores, Asian Cha, Voice & Verse, Prairie Schooner, and others. She has also published translations in Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, and Pathlight. Her latest collection, 回家 Letters Home, was published by Nine Arches Press in 2020 and was named a Wild Card choice by Poetry Book Society. She is also the author of Goldfish (Chameleon Press 2013) and a pamphlet, Diary of a Miu Miu Salesgirl (Bitter Melon Poetry 2019).

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