A couple of weeks ago I announced that my wee e-book would be out soon and so here it is:
My pregnancy and motherhood diary written as letters and poems because there is nothing more beautiful than:
- the art of writing letters. Not emails or tweets or text messages but filling a plain sheet of paper with scribbles and doodles and whatever else you may want to put in a letter.
- poetry– poems often stay with me for a very long time after I have read them and words and images haunt me like friendly ghosts.
In Letters to Peanut I wanted to catch the emotions that come with first discovering that you are going to become a parent in nine months and then with grappling with sleepless nights, leaking bras and the first twelve months of being a mother (as well as the occasional panicked feeling of ‘Is this for real? I’m actually allowed to be responsible for another human being?)
But it is not all panic! There are times of immense joy that I would love to share with you. The first scan, steps and that first time Peanut made it clear that a chip off the floor was a delicacy worth three Michelin stars unlike anything I cooked.
Here is one of my favourite haiku poems from the book. I wrote it during long and sleepless nights when the whole world seemed to be fast asleep apart from me, Peanut and a curious fox:
together we learn
the night language of foxes
And for the book romantics out there – print copies will be available in a couple of weeks (formatting takes a bit longer).
This is my very special and magic moment – introducing Letters to Peanut to you and it is FREE for you to download until Saturday 9 November!
I will also be sharing my experience of self-publishing over the next few months so watch this space.
P.S. I would love to also thank everyone for the amazing support so far. And a big hug to Helen Braid – a very talented and patient cover designer.