Thank you for your interest in The New Mothers’ Writing Circle. This was a pilot project for new mothers in Glasgow, which ran from March - July 2020.


The New Mothers’ Writing Circle was a series of workshops for new mums in Glasgow, during which we used the fundamentals of creative writing craft to spark ideas and get them writing at a key, transitional stage in their lives. We also looked at existing writings on motherhood and met working authors who had successfully managed to write and raise a family.


The group met just once before the COVID-19 crisis set in, so the project took place online.

Meet The Team

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Catrin Kemp


Catrin Kemp is Founder of The New Mothers' Writing Circle.
"The idea for the project came about following the birth of my son, nearly 3 years ago. I found becoming a mother a seismic shock and used writing as a way to acclimatise myself with my new identity. I also searched for authentic responses to motherhood, looking at how my new role had been represented across writing, film and TV. During my second pregnancy, I teamed up with author and editor Genevieve Herr, also a mother of 2, to design The New Mothers' Writing Circle. Our hope is that the project will spark imaginations and get mothers writing at a key time of change in their lives."


Catrin works as Partnerships Manager at Cove Park.

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Genevieve Herr

Creative Writing Lead

Genevieve is an editor working across adult and children’s books, fiction as well as non fiction.  She has worked for Walker Books, Scholastic, Bloomsbury and Hachette amongst others, and her authors have been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, the Waterstones Prize, the  Branford Boase Award and the YA Book Prize. Her first novel, A Gift in December, written under the name Jenny Gladwell, was published in 2019.

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Lydia Davidson

Project Assistant

Lydia is a theatre-maker and project manager. She runs Glasgow based theatre company, Fearless Players. She has worked with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Animate Orchestra, South Bank Centre and English Musicals Korea among others.

At The New Mothers' Writing Circle she works on our Social Media, Website and Administration.

Our thanks to our funder, Creative Scotland


Additional thanks to our project partners and friends:
CrossReach Bluebell Perinatal Service ​
Quarriers Maternal Mental Wellbeing Services 
West Maternity Services 

Glasgow Women's Library 
Emylia Hall - Project mentor