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Mothers undertake a word challenge at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool

Are you a new mum, are you breastfeeding or would you like to, but are finding it challenging, do you want to meet other people and learn from their experiences, do you like writing or would you like to try something new? If so, we want to hear from you....we are now calling for participants for free writing workshops with BBC Radio Producer and writer, Rachel New at Manchester Art Gallery.

Workshop dates are Wednesday April 19th, 26th and May 3rd

Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, England, M2

1pm- 2.30pm Doors open for chat 12.30pm

Child and baby friendly venue and activity

Take part in a two-hour creative writing opportunity to exchange stories of birth and breastfeeding experiences. Using prompts and examples you will produce a short piece of writing that can offer a fresh understanding of your journey. We hope to share these with others….either on the radio or at a celebration event.

You will be working with Rachel New, an experienced workshop lead,writer and radio producer for Creative Lives. She will guide you through the process of finding your voice and sharing your story. This project is part of Creative Lives On Air – a dynamic partnership with BBC local radio to promote creativity and benefits it can bring. You can listen here to mothers from previous projects:

Mothers read their work for a BBC Merseyside piece by Rachel New

The storytelling workshops are funded through the Holding Time project, an Arts Council Funded initiative using arts interventions for women and children as a driver of health, wellbeing and resilience.

Holding Time is both a celebration of breastfeeding and an exploration of the challenges mothers experience in establishing and maintaining breastfeeding. These issues may be physical, mental, environmental or cultural barriers. Working collaboratively with local mothers, we aim to celebrate the diversity of breastfeeding whilst overturning stereotypes, challenging assumptions and encouraging greater understanding and awareness in the whole community about the value of breastfeeding and its benefits.

Read more about the whole project here or visit our Youtube channel at

For questions please call or text Lisa on 07816577140