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Life Writing


I am currently undertaking a research degree with the Open University, focusing on a life writing project.

The Other Mothers: A Life Writing Project will explore how life writing methodologies can be used to portray the hidden lives of "other mothers" - adopters and stepmothers, birth mothers, surrogates and egg donors and those who use them etc - whose stories remain largely untold. The project will explore how life writing can extend our understanding of what it means to be a mother, and how material derived from interviews can fuse with imagination to transform into creative narrative which uncovers and presents "truths" through "versions of a life" in a different but equally valid way to social sciences research.

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My life writing piece, Violent Possibility, appeared in issue 3 of Friction Magazine, published by Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.