MWM: What to do with Granny?! Plus new website launch!
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Question of the Month:
What to do with Granny?! 

Mothers. Not you. Yours. The one who brought you into the world and/or brought you up. My mother is on my mind. She is in my house. She is in our house. We’ve just moved in together.

The theory sounds wonderful. She helps me look after the children and then in turn we help look after her. My mother is in good health for now but she has Lymphoma, a form of blood cancer, and so at some point in the future her health will deteriorate. To use her own words she is ‘glad to know what will get her.’ As a result of receiving her diagnosis she has made the tremendously courageous decision to pack up the family home after 55 years and buy somewhere small with us. She has bought a little house in Sussex, near a Steiner school for the children. My husband has to be in London for work, so we are going to try out ‘Daddy-time’ at weekends. Meanwhile the children get Granny (and Mummy) time through the week. The idea is that my mother can enjoy being a fully active granny and then I can be there, beside her, to care for her when the time comes. Sounds good, huh? 

And the practice?….. Read more here.

We're launching our new website!

Dear Ladies and Gentlewomen, indeed women of every kind, drum roll please……We are delighted to announce the launch of the Mothers Who Make website! 

Here you will find our latest news, details of all of the hubs or of how to start a new one, and our national events. We also have some handy references to share. This website will be a growing resource for you all. If you want to suggest a resource, a feature, or write a blog post please let us know. We hope the site will serve as a great way to draw our quiet revolution together at both a local and a national level.

The Facebook groups and the hubs will still remain the best places to discuss motherhood and making, and meet other like-minds across the UK, and the world.
Have a look!
Matilda and Lizzy would like to say a HUGE thank you to:
Lisa Gardiner and her team at Wonder Associates for helping us brand ourselves, shoot a film and make a website! Phew, it’s been a busy few months. Lisa is a fellow mother who makes and we’ve had great fun working with her.
Emily Appleton, Viola Depcik and Lisa Whiting for all the beautiful images on our website.
Everyone who shared an image to make visible their motherhood and making – we had a wonderful time looking through these. We want them to become a growing visual library so please keep sending your images to us or sharing them on Facebook. 
Special thanks to Julia Labutina from St. Petersburg who shared with us a beautiful self portrait of her mothering and making which we are delighted to announce will feature on some of our crowdfunding rewards – more on that next month!
Thanks to Estelle Buckridge, Heidi Hollis, Holly Holt, Jenny Cahill, Katie Villa, Naomi Lange for joining us to help shoot our film about Mothers Who Make.
And last by no means least, thanks to all of our wonderful hub coordinators who make each hub happen! We have an online resource for you on the website and will be in touch this month with information about this. 
We are officially online at last – enjoy!

MWM on Woman's Hour

Earlier this month we were delighted to be featured on BBC Radio 4's 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 ‘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 & Sunshine when 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 offer to join us live on air. Every day we are reminded what complex work mothering and making is and we have heard many moving, personal stories thanks to our Radio 4 slot, which has been an unexpected highlight. We would love to find a way to share these stories and experiences further - maybe it’s a podcast in the making!
Listen to our Woman’s Hour interview!

Matilda has had some post show reflections about all the things she wished she had said to Jenni Murray – read her do-over and Naomi’s reflections.
Regular Listings
Meetings are at Bristol Old Vic
Weds 19 Sept
10 - 11.30am
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Meetings are at Exeter Phoenix
Thurs 27 Sept
Thurs 26 Oct
Thurs 29 Nov
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Venue is peripatetic:
Wednesday 19 September
The Art Works

Friday 19 October
Hebden Bridge

Join Facebook Group

London (City):
On a break until later in the year.
We are currently looking for facilitators to share this hub, if you are interested please get in touch with Rachael via us

Meetings are at Theatre Deli

London (South): 
Meetings are at Battersea Arts Centre 
Saturday 29 September
Further info via Matilda:

London (North):
Meetings are at JW3 
Friday 14 September
Join Facebook group
Meetings are at HOME
Mon 18 Sept
10.30am - 12.30pm
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Meetings are at Northern Stage
Wed 19 Sept
Wed 3 Oct
Wed 7 Nov
Wed 5th Dec
Like Facebook page here

Meetings are at The Oxford Playhouse
Tues 25 Sept
Tues 16 October
Tues 13 November
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Meetings are at Crucible Lyceum Studio
Tues 9 October
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South Devon:
Meetings at Clay Factory, Ivybridge
Weds 26 Sept
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Meetings are at Atelier Arts
September 28th12:30 - 2:30
October 26th12:30 - 2:30
November 23rd12:30 - 2:30
Book here

Meetings are at York Art Gallery
Wed 12th September
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New Groups coming up
Meetings are at The Cooper Gallery
LAUNCHES: Thurs 27 Sept
Thurs 25 Oct
Thurs 29 Nov
Book here
The Unity Theatre
Tues 16 October
time tbc

We are talking to mother makers about opening hubs in the following locations: Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff (Chapter Arts), Colchester, Cambridge, Eastleigh (The Point), Edinburgh, Ely, Falmouth, Forest Row, Frome, Glasgow, Herefordshire, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester, Londonderry, Norwich, Reading, Suffork.

Watch this space for further details or get in touch if you’d like to start a hub:
From our friends
Body, Breath & Story
Building a Contemporary Storytelling Practice
A course for creative artists and performers

This training programme by Jo Blake explores the powerful and complex art of the contemporary storyteller. The programme is experimental in nature, inviting radical reinterpretations of what a contemporary storyteller might be, supported by the rhythm of the body – breath, heartbeat, footfall. 

Location: Bradden Village Hall, Bradden, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 8EB
Dates: Four days per month over six months from January to June 2019.

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