Born in Lockdown is a one-of-a-kind story with 277 authors and one shared experience: becoming a new mother in 2020. It’s the result of a collaborative writing project set up by novelist Emylia Hall, the founder of Mothership Writers. Born in Lockdown is published on 23rd February 2021 and will be available to download for free from the Mothership website. Mothership Writers is supporting the charity Sands with Born in Lockdown, and voluntary donations will be welcomed.
Emylia Hall said the following regarding the collection: 'Welcome to Born in Lockdown, a one-of-a-kind story with 277 different authors and one shared experience: new motherhood in 2020. Two years ago, I set up Mothership Writers, running creative writing courses especially for new mums, and I continue to see at first-hand just how nourishing and transformational writing can be. The coronavirus pandemic has considerably intensified what is already a challenging time, making the need for self-expression ever more vital. In November I launched a collaborative writing project for mums who’d given birth that same year. The idea was to encourage writing for pleasure and purpose: to find, amidst the clamour, the space to hear one’s own voice. And, together, to tell the story of what it was like to become a new mum in 2020.'