Stargazer

So. Many. Things. To. Say. (Barnard Castle, Track And Trace, school dinner debacle, insert long list…) It’s very challenging when so many are doing so much, to see the govt time and again dishonouring them.

Keep looking up ✨🌙💜

Spilled Milk

I’m trying hard to be a real human example of how to be / what to try to do at times when the kettle whistles louder and the milk threatens to bubble over. For my son (and daughter I suppose too), and for myself. I’m trying to show that it’s a great idea to try to find things that calm you when you’re stressed (go for a walk, draw, write, jump, shout, laugh, cry). To try to sleep well, rest well, eat a balance. That people snap, people get cross, that the milk may bubble over. And also that if it happens how to be accountable, how to say sorry, and why that’s important to how everyone involved may feel and for their wellbeing. How to talk about the why and how, to work on preventing the milk from burning.

Work in progress 🥛💜🥛💜🥛

Birth Plan

Right, I’m calling it. Today I’m having a solo office party for me, for others, for all WHO HAD A BABY IN A PANDEMIC. Yes whilst most days it’s more yeah it’s all ok, don’t need much help god bless you gov’ner, today ladies if you had your baby IN A PANDEMIC, this one’s for you. Have a luxury wee, DRINK YOUR TEA HOT, you’re allowed to say it loud sometimes. You did a bloody good job. Absolutely not knocking the NHS with this one who have been completely amazing under hugely difficult circumstances, this is just simply for those who had to birth solo, deal with appts alone, look after siblings with a newborn in lockdown, care for a newborn with no paternity for partner. I also want to quietly and respectfully acknowledge and send very deep love to those dealing with a challenging fertility journey or babyloss during this time. Masses of love to all 💜💜💜

Tiny Lungs hits 700+ sales in 1st three weeks

Thank you, it’s been an incredible few weeks. The books are available independently via the Tatterhood shop and will also be stocked in an independent London bookstore from this week. Details to follow 💘

Reflections on motherhood and family, miscarriage, pregnancy and life with a newborn in lockdown, parenting, homeschooling and the missing loved ones.

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Title Tiny Lungs
Author Joanna Bennett
Edition illustrated
Publisher The Whole Gang Press, 2020
ISBN 1715809513, 9781715809515
Length 72 pages

Tiny Lungs book recommended on The High Low finale

It was a huge honour to be featured in the recommendations on the finale of The High Low yesterday. Listening to the gorgeous review and to Pandora reading both ‘Hiraeth’ and ‘Kernel’ was really very special.

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Here is the extract:

Pandora Sykes: “I also wanted to recommend the most gorgeous sylph-like book that I just bought a bunch of copies of for friends for Christmas, it’s called ‘Tiny Lungs’ by Joanna Bennett and they are poems about new motherhood but also just everyday moments of life and the ups and downs of that life. There are a few I wanted to read to you Doll that I thought you’d particularly enjoy. They are just really simple and lovely poems.
This one’s called Hiraeth”
Pandora Sykes reads Hiraeth
Dolly Aldteron: “Ah that will be very resonant for lots of people I think.”
Pandora Sykes: “Here’s another one written when she was pregnant”
Pandora Sykes reads Kernel
Dolly Alderton: “That’s so lovely and also that is such a lovely idea for a present for an expectant mother.”
Pandora Sykes: “It’s really lovely”

Reflections on motherhood and family, miscarriage, pregnancy and life with a newborn in lockdown, parenting, homeschooling and the missing loved ones.

The poems mean a lot to me and it was lovely to hear them over the airwaves. I wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you to both Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton for having ‘Tiny Lungs’ on there, and to all those who have been in touch subsequently with messages and to those who have bought the book. It’s no understatement to say being included has had quite an impact and I’ve been thrilled by the support for the book. Pandora and Dolly are extremely supportive of others, particularly championing the work of other women – things like that go a long long way, they really pay it forward. Pandora bought copies of the book for herself, which she didn’t have to do, and for others, which I think was just brilliant. I’m really grateful to them both for the support and I can’t wait to hear what their next adventures will be. If you haven’t listened yet, it’s hilarious and nostalgic and wonderful 💜💜💜

You can buy the book here, thank you x

Listen to the High Low finale

Title Tiny Lungs
Author Joanna Bennett
Edition illustrated
Publisher The Whole Gang Press, 2020
ISBN 1715809513, 9781715809515
Length 72 pages

Tiny Lungs. Joanna Bennett. 28 poems /

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It’s the final day of the Tiny Lungs book read through. I didn’t consider at the time of launching what a lovely routine this would be for me over the 2nd lockdown. It’s been a real pleasure revisiting each poem and reading them through. I’ve had some wonderful messages from people who have joined me for the readings, thank you 💘 The book is available via the shop link in my bio. It’s a lo-fi, black and white, 5×8 inch book. And all the illustrations are by Arthur Morgan, age 5 years.

The poems take in the inhalations and exhalations of the last few years in my life, my oxygen, my carbon dioxide. The unexpected things, the different narratives, the dark rooms, the light rooms, the joy of the everyday, the loss of dear family members, the incredible children, the changing political landscapes, the giving birth and raising of children in a pandemic, the yearning for the loved ones we are desperate to see and the deep love, kindness and laughter I have gratitude for.

Breathe in, breathe out. Tiny precious lungs 💜

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Reflections on motherhood and family, miscarriage, pregnancy and life with a newborn in lockdown, parenting, homeschooling and the missing loved ones.

Hiraeth. Tiny Lungs.

It’s getting near that time of day. But tonight I’m excited. There must be something the air today. I’ve been in contact with three people who I just love and haven’t spoken with in ages. And it’s been absolute magic. You can’t put a price on human contact, on communication, on the sound of a voice. So tonight I am excited. I can’t wait to hear and see all these special, beloved voices and faces again. It will be wonderful!

“Somewhere soon, eyes closed, maybe.”