Thinking about the lockdown project I’ve been part of brings all the emotions to the surface. Birch Moon Press started out with six friends having a few drinks together on Zoom very early into the covid-coaster. Wanting to channel the overwhelming grief into something positive, we set out to write one story each about what was going on in the world. Over the months that followed the idea grew, and now we’re proud cofounders of a not-for-profit press, supporting women’s voices.
Heartache and Hope: Voices of a Pandemic was launched as an e-book in the summer and did really well. As lots of people asked for the anthology in paperback, we are thrilled to announce that it’s finally available to buy.
Along with some other lovely ladies, the six of us connected online via our blogs. Five years ago (pretty much to the day!) we met in real life for the first time and we’ve been having bi-annual meet ups ever since.
We’ve supported each other through health worries, mental health crises, babies and of course the ups and downs of writing. Our meetings are always a highlight and leave my soul feeling enriched. So it’s a great privilege to be a part of the press, especially as I had my own crisis to contend with during the earliest days and was largely absent.
About the book
Heartache and Hope: Voices of a Pandemic captures a variety of womens’ voices, under the 2020 spring lockdown. Grief but not as we’ve known it. A bird in a cage and a magical wishing horse. Panic attacks, supermarket trips and high expectations. Sex, love and loneliness in solitude. Envisioned futures worth hoping for? Sometimes claustrophobic, sometimes sad and sometimes wistful, this collection of 20 pieces of poetry and prose, real life and fiction is drenched with love and humanity. You can learn more about the authors here.
What readers are saying
“Bought. Read first few. Tears, smiles and a feeling that I am not and never have been alone in my mental health journey through this virus! Thank you ladies and well done.” (Ruth, on Facebook)
“A hard-hitting, beautifully written, account of authors’ experiences of this pandemic. I have been floored by the writing.” (Ben, on Twitter)
100% of the proceeds going to women and girls charity, Rosa
Every penny that Birch Moon Press makes from Heartache and Hope is going to Rosa. UK based, grantmaking charity, Rosa, are committed to putting an end to violence against women and girls. Funding a diverse range of women’s organisations, they tackle the big issues of our time.
Learn more about their fantastic work through their website and by following them on Twitter and Facebook.
Join Birch Moon Press live on Facebook for the official launch
As the Heartache and Hope e-book launch went so well we are doing it again next Friday at 8-9pm UK time. We’ll be live on Facebook via Zoom for readings, a give-away and Q&A. Come along for five minutes or the whole hour. Bring a cocktail or cuppa so we can toast to the fabulous authors who contributed to our labour of love.
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