Mother Ship: Francesca Segal in Conversation with Clemmie Hooper – Wednesday 18th September, 7pm


Author Francesca Segal will be interviewed about her memoir Mother Ship by author and midwife Clemmie Hooper.
“As a memoir, it is both insightful and moving; as a diary of 56 days in neonatal care, it is an exquisitely written paean to motherhood.” – The Guardian


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After her identical twin girls are born ten weeks prematurely, Francesca Segal finds herself sitting vigil in the `mother ship’ of neonatal intensive care, all romantic expectations of new parenthood obliterated. Her gripping diary of those months combines the tenderness of a love poem with the compulsive pace of a thriller.
As each day brings a fresh challenge for her and her babies, Francesca makes a temporary life among a band of mothers who are vivid, fearless, and inspiring, taking care not only of their children but of one another. MOTHER SHIP is an intimate, raucous, sublime and electrifying memoir. It is a hymn to the sustaining power of women’s friendships, and a loving celebration of the two small girls – and their mother – who defy the odds.
Francesca Segal is an award-winning writer and journalist. Her first novel, The Innocents, won the 2012 Costa First Novel Award, the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, the 2013 Sami Rohr Prize, and a Betty Trask Award. Her most recent novel, The Awkward Age was published in 2017.
Mother to four daughters and midwife to many, Clemmie Hooper has been a practising midwife since 2006 after training at UWE Bristol. She currently works on labour ward at Kings College Hospital London. She is a passionate midwife and successful author of How to Grow a Baby and Push it Out and How to Grow a Baby Journal.
Clemmie decided to start her original blog back in 2011 to share the knowledge and wisdom she had learned from being a midwife and being a mother. Her aim was to share stories about pregnancy, birth and mothering young children that aren’t so widely talked about – straight from the midwife’s mouth. Clemmie lives with her four daughters (including twin identical girls) and her husband Simon in Kent and can be found on Instagram @mother_of_daughters and @gasandair.

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Ticket, Student Concession, Ticket & A Copy of Mother Ship

Event Details

Date: September 18, 2019

Start time: 19:00

End time: 20:00

Venue: Lutyens & Rubinstein

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