It’s a bit funny where twitter can lead you. A few weeks ago I was casually browsing on twittersphere while waiting for my nails to dry (let’s face it, the invention of iPhones means a lot of us do social media in the bathroom to pass the time!) Any-hoo, I came across a twitter party by @givemumsabreak and I ended up chatting to Pippa AKA @storyofmum about just that – ten photos that would show my journey over the last 2 years and 4 months – and boy oh boy, do I have a lot of photos! My iPhone is my diary.
After taking part in The Motherhood Exhibition a few months ago where I’d had my portrait taken by Juliana which became part of the virtual and touring exhibition – I’m a mum and a....(mine was Lion Tamer – see below) I’d wanted to meet Pippa. I’d hope it would be at one of the summer events but I couldn’t make any of them as I’d been chained to my laptop writing ‘The New Arrival’.
Pippa asked me if I’d do My Mum-Story - a video of about 3 1/2 minutes which told my story using ten photos for a fab event she’s organising at The Photographer’s Gallery in London on 18 October, if you haven’t booked; book now – it’s free and an excuse for an evening out. I don’t know about you but evenings out are few and far between for us these days.
I’ll be one of five mums (the others are Sue Atkins, Lorna Hauff, Shelina Janmohamed and Emma Murphy) sharing their short video self portraits. There’s also a Britmums networking event at 6.30pm before the exhibition kicks off from 7pm. Plus the very talented Hollie McNish is curating the mums’ poem and performing, which I’m excited about as I’ve only seen Hollie on YouTube and you can’t beat a live performance.
It’s free but do book with The Photographers Gallery…it would be lovely to see you there. Do tweet, email, Facebook when you book so we can look out for you. And if you’re now feeling a bit inspired to do something creative or tell your own story then scoot on over to Story of Mum and get involved – there’s still time.
Hope we see your at Story of Mum: Mum’s making an exhibition of themselves on 18 October…my mum’s coming to babysit! I might even venture to Wardour Street afterwards, it’s so close, it would be rude not to.
Amy Beeson is a Freelance Writer and the Director of Wordsby Communications working with many women running a small business on a limited budget who need affordable solutions for their communications needs. Amy’s currently busy working away on three new books with baby expert Sarah Beeson MBE (Amy’s mum) for HarperCollins the first of which ‘The New Arrival’ is now available for pre-order and will be published in the UK on 27 March 2014.