The next series of the Write to Create support group sessions starts on 7 October 2017, 10am-12pm. The sessions are aimed at providing support and new creative ways of exploring the difficult feelings and emotions associated with involuntary childlessness. The group is for anyone, male or female, of any age, who is childless through … More Support Group in Brighton
“A moment came not long after my niece was born that encapsulated the sense that joy and jealousy could both inhabit the same space.” JEALOUSY. There! I’ve put it in capitals because it is a very human response and it’s okay to say it out loud. But so often jealousy is an unwanted, shameful whisper … More Giving Jealousy a Hug: banishing the shame of jealousy in childlessness
Baking and laughing: the unexpected results of failure.
Hello lovely people In his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman presented a ‘thought experiment’: what if you go on holiday and you know that at the end of the holiday all your photos or videos would be destroyed or deleted. How would that change your experience of your holiday? It’s a thought-provoking question … More The Art of Not Sharing: maintaining creativity in a connected world.
Just to update on my June post on male fertility issues – a much needed study into the emotional cost to men who live with fertility issues or childlessness. You can listen to Dr Alan Dolan on Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed here A link to his academic paper is on the Resources page. It’s good to … More Silent Desire, Silent Loss – Update
I thought I’d let you know about the new dates for “Write to Create” – the creative support group for people wishing to explore their thoughts and feelings about involuntary childlessness in a supportive and creative space. No prior experience with writing or other creative pursuits is required. The group is for anyone of any … More Support Group – new dates!
Hello lovely friends. This month’s post (well, I just squeezed it into July!) is longer than my usual. Nevertheless, I hope it will be helpful and perhaps will shed some light on the power and the potential tyranny of hope and how we can find inspiration, in unexpected ways, to transform a stale hope for … More The End of Hope: How a cake helped me let go of my dream to have a child
A new thought today on the i-Diem page, inspired by the patterns on the wall I clocked whilst doing my least favourite household task – vacuuming. I’m easily distracted and, a bit like Garfield, a sunbeam is enough excuse for me to stop what I’m doing.
Hello lovely people. Sunday 18 June will be Father’s Day in the UK. For a couple of weeks now I’ve been receiving emails from companies professing to have ‘the perfect gift for Dad’ and I’ve noticed the signs outside pubs saying, ‘Book now for Father’s Day.’ It has always struck me that Father’s Day seems … More Silent Desire, Silent Loss: the conversation many childless men are not having
The next session for Write to Create – creative support for people living with childlessness – will be held tomorrow next to Preston Park Station, Brighton. Easily accessible from areas in Sussex, Surrey, Kent and London. The group aims to provide a supportive and creative space for people to talk, explore, share and get creative. … More Support Group – Write to Create