I Wish I Had More Mothers


Winner of the 2018 International Book & Pamphlet Competition, judged by Liz Berry and David Constantine

Would having more mothers make the loss of one less painful?  Following her mother on her dementia journey, Ann Gray shows us that in the chaos there can also be tenderness, humour and love.

We both loved this moving, tender collection of poems which explores what it means to have and to lose a mother. The poems in this pamphlet are lyrical, carefully crafted with a lightness of touch and, so importantly, “unafraid to be kind”. At once a joyful and aching read. – Liz Berry


Ann Gray has a Creative Writing MA from the University of Plymouth. Her most recent collection was At The Gate (Headland, 2008). Her poems have been selected for the Forward Book of Poetry Competition, won the Ballymaloe Poetry Prize and shortlisted for the Forward Best Single Poem in 2015. She was Poet-in-residence at Cambridge University Botanic Garden for the Thresholds University Museums Project, curated by the Poet Laureate in 2013, and is currently a Co-Director of the Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival, now in its 7th year. She lives in Cornwall where she cares for people with dementia.

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