Wow! What a month. We have so much good news for you...
We've relaunched the website! And the redesign is inspired by the new logo you helped us choose. We hope it makes it easier to find stuff you like. Pop on over and take a look - you might even discover that you're our featured mum. We would love to hear what you think.
We've redesigned the monthly newsletter, and you can now sign up for regular blogs and guest posts too. For an extra bit of sunshine and the occasional downpour in your inbox, just enter your email address and tick the 'selected blogs' box here.
We've launched Story of Mum: Mums making an exhibition of ourselves and our tour starts in Milton Keynes this month!
We'd love you to join us on 11 May for a family Make Date at the MK Gallery, featuring My Mum-Story films, poetry, photography, crafting, puppet shows and more. We have an evening Mums' Make Date on 10 May for more fun and making - it's invite only, but if you'd like to come, we'd love to invite you! Just let us know. Visit this post for more info on the exhibition and events in Milton Keynes in May.
For information on the rest of the tour, try this post.
You can also join us on twitter for our next #somum Make Date on Wednesday 8 May from 8.30-10pm (find world times here), where we'll be chatting and making Identity Parades (aka paper people chains of course...)
More opportunities for YOU to get involved:
Are you a blogger? We're looking for Curator/Creators for our parallel exhibition tour that will be travelling around the world, hopping from blog to blog. Would you like to host a mini exhibition on your blog that we can showcase between June and August? You can find out more here. Do get in touch if you have any questions - we would love to stop off at your virtual gallery for culture and cake.
What happened last month?
We had an ace #somum Make Date doodling imaginary book covers. There are some fantastic submissions in the gallery, guaranteed to make you smile or wince with familiarity. I also amused myself by writing imaginary reviews for your imaginary books here and here.
We had some inspiring posts and fabulous giveaways from real life mama-writers sharing moving, funny and beautiful excerpts from the (not imaginary) books they've (really genuinely) published.
Lovely Tat from Mum in Search shared her experience of writing about birth and pregnancy, and trying to see the funny side of a baby that won't sleep. Aimee Dolich of Artsyville showed us some fabulous excerpts from her doodle-book The Things We Do. Kirsten Hanlon of Mums and More told us how and why she wrote her first ebook, Affirmations for Mothers and gave away free copies!
Charlie Plunkett talked about capturing motherhood in 100 words.Teika Bellamy shared beautiful words and images from her anthology Musings on Mothering. While Vanessa Matthews of Ordinary Life... Less Ordinary described her journey from mum of four to published poet in Melodies of My Other Life – as well as giving us a fabulous and unique poem as a prize.
What's this month's activity?
To celebrate the exhibition launch, we'll be looking deeper into the many aspects of YOU in Identity Parade. We'd love you to go on parade with us, and it's great fun to do with the kids while you make your own. (Obviously you don't have to go as far as I did and cut out clothes from magazines and stick on photos of yourself pulling ridiculous faces...)
We'll also be revisiting our I'm a Mum and A... photos and looking for guest posts on motherhood and identity. Would you like to write a guest post on: "I'm a Mum and A... (fill in the blank)"?
Keep an eye on the website for two new activities that we'll be launching in Milton Keynes...
We're both so excited (and terrified) about all that this month holds. Thank you so much for joining us on this big adventure - here's hoping we see you in a gallery soon!
With much love from all of our many identities,
Pippa and Penny