Derry Journal reporter Claire Allan, along with English based journalist and author Anne-Marie Scanlon, is on the hunt for mammies of all ages, persuasions and beliefs to take part in a major new project.
The pair have launched ‘The Mammy Monologues’ - which seeks to look at all aspects of the motherhood experience.
Claire, who has been a reporter with the ‘Derry Journal’ for 15 years and who has seven bestselling novels under her belt, explained: “What we want to do is to create a book about motherhood.
“But it’s not a guide, or a prescriptive text. What we want to do is to allow real women to tell their real stories. In compiling these real stories we also hope to document vital social history - which so often goes untold.”
For the two journalists this includes everything from a no-holds barred look at pregnancy to the sometimes tricky debate around the decision to remain childfree.
Anne-Marie who is originally from Donegal added: “We are aware that motherhood is both universal and completely unique and in order to give readers a comprehensive view of just how different and how similar each woman’s experience is we would like to hear from mothers of all ages, all backgrounds, all faiths (or no faith).
“We want to hear from women who foster, adopt and step-parent. We would like to speak to women with babies, small children, big children, teens and grown-up families.”
There are a number of ways in which women can get involved in the project. The Mammy Monologues can be found on Facebook, on Twitter and at www.mammymonologues.com
The project also gives women the opportunity to share their stories anonymously if they prefer - and both Claire and Anne-Marie can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
“We have great plans for this project - and we want to use it to empower women everywhere,” Claire said.