Some Girls’ Mothers

Six writers tackle the thorny subject of mother/daughter relationships with grace and honesty. Available as paperback, eBook and audio book.

‘Touching, wounding and humbling.’ – Simon Armitage

Book details

ISBN: 978-1901927399
Extent: 128
Editor/s: Anne Caldwell

Authors: Anne Caldwell, Char March, Clare Shaw, Nell Farrell, River Wolton, Suzanne Batty

Paperback Cover Price: £8.99 Web £4.99
Audio Book+ Price: £5.99
eBook available on Kindle

Do daughters step into their mothers’ shoes? How does this central relationship colour women’s lives? The tales in this anthology address these questions with honesty and vigour, weaving humour and warmth into the telling of small but significant tragedies.

Celebrated poets, the writers showcased here explore daughterhood and motherhood in their own unique styles and offer a distinct set of insights. They speak out in prose that fizzes and crackles, throwing light on this most formative of relationships. You’ll find plenty to uncover in this irreverent but heartfelt take on an age-old subject.

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+Audio book is unabridged and all stories are read by the authors. Downloads as a zip file with all component stories as Mp3s

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Some Girls' Mothers Taster

A sample of short readings from the six authors featured in Some Girls' Mothers. The full unabridged readings are now available as an audio book.

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Anne Caldwell

Anne is the editor of Some Girls’ Mothers, which also features her story ‘Visit to the Psychotherapist’. Her first poetry collection Slug Language was published in 2008 by Happenstance.

Char March

Char March is an award-winning poet, playwright and short fiction writer. She grew up in the 1960s and '70s in Central Scotland. Char now divides her time between her 82-year-old mum's (in the NW Highlands) and her own home in the Yorkshire Pennines. Her story 'The Importance of Tea and Rabbits' features in Some Girls' Mothers and 'Muff-Diving Over The Fish Market’ in Naked City.

Clare Shaw

Clare Shaw is described by Carol Ann Duffy as 'probably the best, most electrifying, new young reader on the circuit'. Clare grew up in Burnley, spent ten years in Liverpool and now lives in West Yorkshire with her partner, her daughter and various geriatric cats. Her first poetry collection, Straight Ahead, was published by Bloodaxe in 2006. She is widely known for her work and publications around women's mental health, and is co-director in a self-harm training partnership.

Nell Farrell

Nell Farrell was born in Eastwood, something she shares with D.H. Lawrence. She now lives in Sheffield where she earns her living in social work education and as a creative writing tutor. Her story 'My Mother Dreams of Lovelave Watkins' features in Some Girls' Mothers.

River Wolton

River Wolton grew up in London, lived in Sheffield for twenty years and recently moved to north Derbyshire. She's been a social worker, carpenter and therapist, and now teaches creative writing everywhere from primary schools to care homes for the elderly. Her latest pamphlet is The Purpose of Your Visit (Smith/Doorstop 2008) and she is currently Derbyshire Poet Laureate.

Suzanne Batty

Suzanne Batty lives in Manchester where she runs creative writing workshops for people experiencing and recovering from mental distress. Suzanne also teaches creative writing at Sheffield Hallam University, where she is studying for an M.A. Her poetry collection, The Barking Thing, was published by Bloodaxe in 2007. She is the co-editor of poetry magazine Rain Dog which was created to get more women poets into print.


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