Letting Go – another giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed. Many thanks for your interest.


To celebrate the fact that Angela Topping’s book Letting Go is now available to buy as an e-book (PDF) in The Mother’s Milk Bookshop we’re doing a giveaway!

The winner (to be picked out of a hat by my lovely assistant, Rebecca, aged 6) will receive the e-book and a signed mounted print of one of Angela’s poems – either ‘Ultrasound’ or ‘Letting Go’ which both feature in this, her seventh, solo collection of poetry. The winner will also receive one free entry to The Mother’s Milk Books Writing Prize. I’m delighted to be able to share both poems here.


We were spies on her world –
her safe house of skin. She
was etched in silver: moving, human.

She swam in a booming cave,
fathoms down. Heavy rope mooring her.
Round face, round eyes, ooh of mouth.

Gingerbread baby, currant eyes.
At home, I twist wool around needles,
craft garments, every stitch a wish.



Letting Go

First you hold them like a secret
you only suspect is true.
Then soft knockings from within
tap out messages for you.
Slowly the body allows escape,
you hold them in your arms,
dazed and milky, full of love,
pledged to defend from harm.
Then you hold them to your heart
and put them to the breast.
But they learn to walk away
like any other guest.



How to enter:

To enter the giveaway all you have to do is comment on this post (nice and simple!) before 18th December. Perhaps you could tell us what ‘letting go’ means to you (in regard to any parenting topics).

Terms and conditions:

This competition is open to all.

The competition will close on Wednesday 18th December 2013 at 12.00 noon, GMT.

All correct entries received by this date will be entered into a prize draw and the winner will be chosen randomly.

The winner will be notified on this blog and be emailed within 24 hours with their e-book attached. As long as the winner is prompt to reply with their address details the print should arrive in time for Christmas (if resident in the U.K.).

The winning entry will receive the prize as stated on the blog post. There is no cash alternative, no returns or refunds. A frame for the print is not included as part of the prize.

Stall at local LLL Nottingham workshop

Here is a photograph of my little stall at the local LLL Nottingham workshop that I attended on Saturday 4th May. It was really great to meet up with so many lovely La Leche League ladies from various parts of the Midlands (and other parts of the country), and to see so many happily nursing babies and toddlers in the meeting room. LLL get-togethers always have such a lovely atmosphere about them, and of course they are a place where breastfeeding is the ‘norm’ and treated as such – which is refreshing!

Although my stall wasn’t heaving with items, I’m so proud to see it growing… Last October at the LLLGB conference it had one book on it – Musings on Mothering – and now it has greetings cards (20 designs), sold individually and in multipacks. My daughter and I spent many, many minutes (!) folding and packing the cards and envelopes into cellophane bags. I’ve also stocked up on The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, which I think is a great book to have in my online store. I’m also looking forward to adding art and poetry prints to my growing list of products. I’m getting there slowly…! (Though I’ve still got lots more product details to add to the store.) Check it out, and if you have any sales questions, don’t hesitate to email me here: [email protected]