My name is Joanna. I write poems whilst my child sleeps.

I began writing poems at the start of 2017 sat in the dark with my beautiful child, trying to comfort him and help him find sleep. The tiredness was getting to us all. I started to write a poem in the dark and it helped put it all in order. Writing helped to reawaken a little bit of myself that had been on hold for a while. I began to look forward to this creative time.

I kept writing poems in the dark.

Since then I have been commissioned to write a poetry book for the children of Great Ormond Street Hospital which was delivered at the start of 2018 and also concluded 2017 with the publication of my book Swimming Underwater, written, designed, printed and published in Bristol, the poems written in the early hours. I have since been commissioned to write poems and feature in a variety of publications. I will be performing at the UK Festival Of Motherhood in May 2018.

Covering diverse themes from the joy, bewilderment and changes in identity motherhood can bring, rhymes for raising children in a misogynistic post-Brexit world to the hot crumpled forehead of a child kept in by the rain.

Here they are.

Raising our little wildman.

Bristol // UK

All poems and images Copyright Tatterhood_ ©

Longlisted for the Out-Spoken Prize For Poetry 2017.

December 2017 – Swimming Underwater by Tatterhood published.

December 2017 – Book commissioned by GOSH Arts and published for Great Ormond Street Hospital in collaboration with illustrator Sarah Dennis.

February 2018 – ‘5.15am’ poem featured in Juno Magazine