Teika is the founder and managing editor of Mother's Milk Books

And the winner is…

Drum roll…

I’m delighted to announce that Ruth Asch is the winner of the autographed copy of Musings on Mothering (she is herself a contributor to the book, so it seems fitting that she now gets to add her own autograph to the book!). On being told the good news Ruth wrote: “WOW!! And I NEVER win things. This must be specially meant to be. How wonderful.” Lyndsey Sporton and Helen Lloyd are runners up (as decided by Lady Luck – in this case, a very eager six-year-old who loves folding bits of paper and swirling them round a pot over and over again with her eyes screwed-up tight).

Thanks to all those who took part and if you’d like to purchase any prints, cards or books, you’ll find some on offer over at THE MOTHER’S MILK BOOKSHOP right now!

Or, if you’re a fan of my giveaways you might like to know that there’s another one happening right now over at Natural Mamas – you can win yourself some lovely mothering greetings cards. Have fun!

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Musings on Mothering is one! Time for a giveaway…

PLEASE NOTE: THIS GIVEAWAY HAS NOW CLOSED

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An Interview with Alison Moore

Back in May 2013 I spent a lovely evening at Waterstones in Nottingham listening to Alison Moore read from her new book The Pre-War House and Other Stories. I was enchanted by the way Alison spoke – quietly, but passionately – about where the ideas for her stories originate and the actual process of writing and editing. It was also inspiring to discover that she wrote her Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel The Lighthouse whilst caring for her baby son. This was yet another wonderful example of creativity and motherhood in action! So I was delighted when Alison agreed to the following interview. With many thanks again to Alison for taking the time to answer my questions

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Let the writing commence!

Two exciting things are happening in Mother’s Milk Books right now: we are about to publish Angela Topping’s poetry collection Letting Go (estimated publication date is 6th September) and the Mother’s Milk Books Writing Prize has also just now been launched (with Angela herself doing some of the judging, along with Susan Last of the independent press Lonely Scribe). So I’m all aflutter at the moment!

Letting Go is available for pre-order right now at the discounted price of £6.99 from THE MOTHER’S MILK BOOKSHOP and it will continue to be available at this price for the next week or so. Do stop by and take a look – we’ve had some great reviews of it already from well-known poets. And remember, for every purchase made at our online shop (or via the postal Order form for all items – UK delivery or directly from me) you get one entry to the writing prize. So if any of the writing from Musings on Mothering, or Letting Go inspires you in any way to get writing – poetry or prose – why not put pen to paper and enter the competition? There’s even a free-to-enter poetry competition for children. So let the writing commence!

Here are the words from the back cover of Letting Go (that’s if you need any more persuasion from me to buy a copy of Angela’s great new book!):


Love is about letting go. This notion threads its way throughout Angela Topping’s new selection. She writes tenderly and movingly about childhood, growing up, bereavement and parenthood. These are frank, honest and moving poems arranged in an unfolding narrative which reaches out to the reader, wanting to share and engage.


‘The poems of Letting Go engage the reader with their shaped sense of familial experience. In clear and crafted language the poet opens a heart-door on the pluses and minuses of life, revealing the flow of time and love through the generations. A beautifully judged collection.’

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Motherhood and Identity: ‘I am big with wonder’

I’m delighted to be taking part in the Story of Mum virtual tour on the theme of motherhood and identity. Here is what I came up with… Enjoy!

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