In honour of Mother’s Day, I’ve teamed up with the amazing Lauren from This Stuff Is Golden to bring you a post swap about women we admire. Thank you so much Lauren for writing such a beautiful piece and for being so much fun to work with! You can see my guest post on her site right here.
For Mother’s Day I wanted to thank some of my literary heroes for teaching me how and inspiring me to write, and of course my mum.
Thank you for getting me addicted to stories in the first place. Thank you for helping me realise that everyday stories about everyday lives are some of the most powerful. Thank you for introducing me to some amazing heroines (Tracey Beaker just to name one) and for my favourite book of yours, The Illustrated Mum.
Thank you for making me realise what feminism actually is and why it’s not a bad word in your amazing book How To Be A Woman. Thank you for also teaching me how to write with humour, even on the more serious things, as well as how to put my whole personality into my writing. Thank you for also making me believe that being myself is so much better than trying to be somebody else.
Thank you for Hermoine, Luna, Ron, Dumbledore, Snape, McGonagall… thanks for a whole Dumbledore’s army worth of characters. Thank you for writing about depression in the form of the Death Eaters. Thank you for writing about how depression can be beaten in the form of the Patronus. Thanks for creating a world of fantasy that has created a lot of memories and friendships for me.
Thank you for helping me understand my own depression through your poetry and your novel The Bell Jar. Thank you for making me feel less alone in how I can feel so confused by the world and society sometimes. I wish you had been able to live a long life and keep on writing your wonderful words.
And of course – my mum
Thank you for teaching me to read and write, plus everything else. Thank you for being a generally inspiring person who is always trying to do her best at everything she does. You’re a Queen for being able to raise four children practically by yourself, for always working your hardest and for always trying to help us whenever we needed it.
Thanks for encouraging me to move away (even though I know you wish I would come back sooner rather than later), and for always giving me solid, adult advice when I’m trying to make a decision or solve a problem. I hope your hard work of raising the four of us feels like it’s been worth it because now you’re stuck with four grown-up children who will always protect you and want you to be happy. I love you.
Once again thank you so much to Lauren for this great post. I hope you guys enjoyed the first ever guest post on my blog and if you’d like to read more of Lauren’s work, you can find her blog here. She’s also on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.