MWM: Motherhood Guilt and Mary Poppins – What does your guilt look like?
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Question of the Month:
Motherhood Guilt and Mary Poppins – What does your guilt look like?
It follows after the season of goodwill: the season of guilt. It is traditional in January, either because we overindulged at Christmas - spent, drank, ate too much - or because we have already broken our New Year’s resolutions, a mere two weeks since we made them. Apparently, however, it is what most mother-makers feel the whole year round. At every Open Space event that I have hosted under the Mothers Who Make banner someone has called a session simply entitled, “Guilt” and whenever the word is said out loud there is an audible reaction – laughter, sighs, clicks of the tongue.
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Mother of the Month: Emily Carding

Children's ages and names? What kind of making do you do or dream of doing?

I have a nearly 16 year old non binary child whose birth name is Willow but she also goes by Rowna. They are on the autistic spectrum and ADHD. I am an actor, theatre maker, writer and artist.

How do you do it?! How do you make it work? 

As a single parent of a teen in school the only way to really be in continuous work is to make my own work and collaborate with others, as well as anything I may be lucky enough to be cast in. This means having several projects on the go at any given time and burnout is a constant danger. However I thrive on the variety and creativity! Creating work on the Fringe often doesn't pay but there is a lot of interest in the solo Shakespeare shows I created with Brite Theater internationally so occasionally I perform at international festivals. Sometimes Rowna comes with me, sometimes she stays with friends. i can never really be away for more than a week or so at a time so it's definitely an unconventional career path and lifestyle.I have enormous trust in the Universe to support me in what can sometimes feel a very precarious path. 

How has your mothering impacted your making? 

When Willow was younger I left theatre entirely and this is when I established myself as an esoteric author and artist, creating a number of Tarot and Oracle decks which are still relatively popular in a niche market. I still teach and read Tarot and am currently working on a book on the esoteric content of Shakespeare, so I've not left this entirely behind. When I felt she was old enough I was able to take an MFA in Staging Shakespeare at Exeter University, which has really formed the artist I am today. I was married at the time and my then husband asked for divorce as I was finishing my MFA so this second phase of theatre life has been as a single parent. It's certainly not an easy industry at the best of times and not being able to take long tours or runs away from home impacts that even further. However it has meant I have had to be resourceful and creative to survive and I believe my best work has been forged of these circumstances and the incredible good fortune of finding remarkable collaborators and friends who help if I do have to travel.

And vice versa?

I sometimes feel guilty for being so busy but I also know that I'm setting a good example by following my dream and making it work as I wish no less for them. We've had some great adventures, travelling together and although they're not a big fan of schoolI hope that she has had some great real life education, travelling around the country and the world seeing shows and meeting creative people. They're not into performing but Rowna has recently discovered an interest in Media and potentially being behind the camera. 

The best thing? The hardest? 

The best thing - showing Rowna that she doesn't have to conform and knowing that together we can find a way to make things work. The worst is when I have to be away and I feel like it's impacting her. 

Future dreams? 

Now that Rowna is potentially looking towards college and has an interest in filmmaking, I really hope that one day we will be able to work together on something. That would be magical!
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Events Coming Up
Devoted and Disgruntled 14: 'What are we going to do about theatre and the performing arts?'
Join Improbable for their 14th annual Devoted & Disgruntled event at Royal and Derngate, Northampton from Saturday 26 - Sunday 27th January. Matilda will be calling a Mothers Who Make session within the event.
Mothers Who Make Bristol Social
Get out if you can for a drink and a chat -- no agenda, just come and join with your peers ... bring along a mother who needs to get out ... connect with someone and create a future collaboration.... bask in the light of just being out of the house in the evening! Bristol Old Vic on Thursday 31st January from 8pm.

Motherhood, Makers and Female Artists
An afternoon at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge on Sunday 10th March

Mothers Who Make: Poetry Special
With Helen Mort, Rachel Bower and Toria Garbutt

Thursday 28 March 10:00 – 13:00 at Cooper Gallery, Barnsley
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