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Sussex

When:

Tues 24th Sep 10am – 11.30am

Wed 16th Oct 10am - 11.30am

Tues 12th Nov 10am – 11.30am

Wed 4th Dec 10am – 11.30am

Tues 14th Jan ‘20 10am – 11.30am

Cost:

£5/£3 (cash on the day) or what you are able to contribute

No need to book

Enquiries:

matilda@motherswhomake.org

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Facilitated by:

MWM East Sussex is facilitated by Matilda Leyser the founder of MWM, Writer and Mother of two.

 

Where:

East Grinstead Library

32-40 West St, RH19 4SR 

 
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This is an invitation for you to come and join a quiet revolution: a new East Sussex branch of Mothers Who Make, the growing national initiative aimed at supporting mothers who are artists.

Every kind of maker is welcome - professional and/or passionate –in any discipline and at any stage on their creative paths - writers, painters, performers, film makers, dancers, producers, musicians, crafters…
Every kind of mother is welcome - biological, adoptive, step, surrogate, foster, bereaved, grand, great grand, to be ….

Also please feel free to bring along your children, of any age, whether they are inside you, beside you or running round the room. Mothers with older children (not in the room!) are also extremely welcome.

Below is the invite that I wrote 5 years ago when my first child was 2. I had no idea then that MWM would grow into a national network, with 18 hubs across the UK, and counting......but the basic message here still holds good:
I am a performer and a writer. When I was pregnant I would tell people my plans for motherhood: “Oh, I’m simply going to pop my baby in a sling and carry on!” My son is now two years old. In some ways I was right: I have carried him in a sling since he was born and I have carried on in that I am still writing, still sometimes performing, still making work. However none of this has been done simply and everything is wholly different to before. In this sense I have carried nothing on. Rather I have had to set down my life, my sense of who and how I am. Slowly, awkwardly, shakily I pick myself up, day by day. I would not have it any other way but it is a huge challenge. Along the way I am noticing many parallels between the roles of mother and artist – both keep me up at night, play is fundamental to both – and at the same time the logistics of managing to inhabit both can be extremely difficult.

How to carry our creative selves and our children, our work of mothering and of making, is the focus of this group. If you are a mother and a maker, and if you wonder how to do both these things with fullness, I would love you to come.
— Matilda Leyser, Founder of Mothers Who Make
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