Tuesday 6th May, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Theatre, Queen’s Hall
Does having a baby impact on a woman’s creativity? Children’s writer and illustrator Debi Gliori, award-winning poet Kathryn Simmonds and poet and novelist Carolyn Jess-Cooke speak frankly about the tensions between family life and creative life and perform new work commissioned especially for the event. Features the launch of Carolyn’s new collection of poetry ‘BOOM!’ Book signing and celebrations afterwards! Chaired by New Writing North Chief Executive Claire Malcolm. £6/£4 concession.
Description of BOOM!: The title poem of this new collection of poems by Carolyn Jess-Cooke: 'Boom!' enacts the moment when the new baby arrives in the family 'like a hand grenade'. 'Becoming a mother changed me in every single way,' says the author, 'my first child - born in October 2006 - just about knocked me sideways. There were many reasons for this, but here's the biggest one: I could not believe how public and political the (hugely personal) experience of motherhood was.' A noted academic, author of a book about film and Shakespeare, and a best-selling popular novelist 'The Guardian Angel's Journal' and 'The Boy Who Could See Demons', Jess-Cooke found, as many parents do, that the juggling act required to raise young children and continue a professional and creative life, is both exhausting and fulfilling. The poems chronicle the rapturous moments, such as 'Wakening' where the baby is observed: 'the seedling eyes stirred by sunlight'. There are also the tragi-comic 'Nights' full of 'small elbows in the face' and 'assailed by colds and colic'. Jess-Cooke doesn't flinch from the darker fears and depressions that can afflict parents. There are also pieces of pointed satirical intent and socio-political comment such as 'Poem made from bits of Newspaper Headlines ' and 'The Only Dad in Playgroup'. Viewing motherhood from a multiplicity of artful angles, the author says, 'Coupled with all this was the love I had for my children. It completely and utterly blew me away, how much I could love another human being.' http://www.amazon.co.uk/Boom-Carolyn-Jess-Cooke/dp/1781721750/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1394622338&sr=8-4&keywords=carolyn+jess-cooke