Mothers Who Make is holding a relaxed, inclusive spoken word event for adults and children on Wednesday 1 March at Maketank.
There will be performances from poet and mother Fiona Benson and singer-songwriter and mother Holly Ebony. Local mothers and child-carers will also share their songs and poetry.
Content will be adult-oriented but children will also be welcome. The event will be relaxed and lively: children are welcome to be themselves and performers may have children on stage with them.
Fiona Benson is a poet from Wiltshire. She lives in Devon with her husband and their two daughters.
Her first collection of poems Bright Travellers was published in 2014, her second Vertigo and Ghost in 2019: both were shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.
Vertigo and Ghost won the Forward Prize for Best Collection. The poem Androgeus, included in her 2022 collection Ephemeron, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem in 2021.
Holly Ebony is a singer-songwriter from Dartmoor.
She and her band have performed at Dartington Hall, the Sharpham Trust rewilding project and The Nest Collective.
Her debut studio album is due for release this spring.
Mothers Who Make was founded in 2014 by Matilda Leyser as a small local group in South London, since when it has grown to become an international initiative aimed at supporting women and non-binary people to sustain their creative identities while holding caring roles.
Its Exeter hub is led by Lizzy Humber, who first attended a Mothers Who Make session in 2015 whilst pregnant. She became a UK Mothers Who Make producer in 2018 and launched the Exeter hub the following month.
It offers workshops, live events, six week creative programmes and runs peer support meetings on the last Thursday of each month at Exeter Phoenix.
It also produced three radio shows as part of Dreadnought SouthWest’s Occupy The Airwaves annual International Women’s Day project
Mothers on the Mic is from 11am-12.15pm on Wednesday 1 March at Maketank, and is presented by Mothers Who Make.
Full-price adult tickets cost £6, or £7 including a £1 donation to the project, plus booking fee. Children go free.
A pay what you can afford option is available for those for whom cost would be a barrier to attending.
More information and bookings via Eventbrite or email event producer Lizzy Humber at [email protected].