Creative Writing Workshop: Writing the Breastfeeding Body

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Share your stories and hear others’ about breastfeeding as resistant practice and breastfeeding beyond the conventional.

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The fifth segment of Formations, our year-long programme delivered in partnership with Nottingham Trent University’s Postcolonial Studies Centre, includes events in May under the thematic banner – Formation: Milk.

In this segment, we consider the representations and meanings of breastfeeding and the breastfeeding body, to consider how this highly emotive topic is encountered in writing and art, and in public spaces.

Join us for conversations and workshops about global representations of breastfeeding in art, literature, and research, from personal stories to public encounters with art.

Creative Writing Workshop: Writing the Breastfeeding Body

Breastfeeding is traditionally associated with the female body and the body of the mother. Breastfeeding provides nourishment and protection. In addition, feminists have explored how the act of breastfeeding stimulates pleasure, pain and desire but little is known of breastfeeding as an act of resistance, both within and beyond biology. We want to hear about your breastfeeding experiences: the joys, struggles and feelings of ambivalence, your family stories, experiences unique to your gender identity, your culture, heritage or personal circumstances. Come and share your stories and hear others’ that might surprise you, about breastfeeding as resistant practice and breastfeeding beyond the conventional. We welcome all stories, across diverse communities, marginalised experiences and across different generations. We hope you can join us.

The workshop will be co-hosted by NTU's Postcolonial Studies Centre writer-in-residence Eve Makis and Maud Lannen. All levels welcome.

All participants will get the chance of having their work edited and included on a spoken word album bringing their written work to life.

Eve Makis is the author of four novels, a life-writing guide and an award-winning screenplay. She’s recipient of the Young Booksellers International Book of the Year Award and the Aurora Mardiganian Gold Medal, her works shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award and the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. She teaches fiction on the MA Creative Writing course at Nottingham Trent University where she is writer in residence for the Postcolonial Studies Centre.

Maud Lannen is a French artist and researcher based in the East Midlands. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths University. Her creative project asks what the maternal body is in the 21st century and attempts to give form and visibility to new maternal narratives and aesthetics.

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