Earlier this month we were delighted to be featured on BBC Radio 4s Woman’s Hour. Matilda Leyser was joined by fellow Mother Makers Naomi Lange (Bristol) and Lucy Simm (Halifax). Naomi is the producer for In Our Hands Theatre, a new company that has formed in Bristol after meeting at The Bristol Old Vic MWM hub! They are the first company to use our new ‘Born in MWM’ badge. Their new performance Baba’s Song is currently on tour in the South West of England paired with post show discussions about mothering and making. Read about In Our Hands . Lucy began MWM Halifax and formed her own company Luminosity & Sunshinewhen she became a mother. Lucy creates handmade textile art with an ethical message and has recently started blogging and running workshops. Read about Lucy’s mothering and making story. We would like to thank Naomi and Lucy for trekking to London and doing an incredibly wonderful job representing the MWM movement.
We wanted to have a range of voices and experiences from within our network and we were very grateful to everyone who wrote to us to offer to join us live on air. Every day we are reminded what complex work mothering and making is, we have heard many moving, personal stories through this experience which has been an unexpected highlight. We would love to find a way to share stories and experiences further, maybe it’s a podcast or features.
All The Things I Wish I’d Said on Woman’s Hour
Matilda has had some post show thoughts.. regrets.. so she attempts to quieten the voice at the back of her mind that’s keeping her up at night:
As soon as we came off the air at 10.42am, and for the 48 hours since, the radio of my mind has been live streaming all the things I wish I’d said. I have a long list of other things I should be focussing on – I’m moving house and there are many boxes to sort and pack. Meanwhile my son wants me to set him a continuous series of ‘Yoda-puzzles’ and my daughter wants The Tiger Who Came to Tea read over again. I think I’d better broadcast here all the things I wish I’d said to Jenni Murray so that I can get on with the urgent mothering at hand. It is unlikely to reach 3.5 million of you. Maybe 35. I’ll settle for that, since at the core of what I wish I’d said is an issue about value, what things are worth and how we talk about them in a way that does not bring us back to measuring by numbers. Having said that, I can tell you that there are exactly 4 things I wish I’d said – I’ve been counting them over and over. Here goes…