All About Our Mothers is the collaboration of three poets exploring their relationships with their mothers, and the complex feelings around forgiveness, grief and love.
A mother walked out on a dad that January, asks for forgiveness on her deathbed and swims through deep dark water. Mothers surprise us by singing when they peel potatoes, by visiting the school wearing only fur and when they punched memories out with truth that splattered the hearth.
Mothers give us lessons by force-feeding us raw eggs, turning into a sea-fish, or seeing us with ears that know exactly what we are up to. At other times their milk is pink with blood and puss, they live on the moon, an old photograph is a cypher to the future. They leave us with brown-fringed lilies on a broken swing pounding a mixture to create immortality.
Vasiliki Albedo's poems have appeared in Anthropocene, AMBIT, Beloit Poetry Journal, Lighthouse Literary Journal, Magma, The Rialto, The Morning Star, Poetry Salzburg Review, Mslexia, Poetry Wales and elsewhere. In 2017, she came second in the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition (EAL) and joint-third in the Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize. Nominated for Pushcart Prizes, Vasiliki was joint-winner in the Guernsey International ‘Poems on Buses’ in 2021, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2018 and the Hippocrates Prize 2021. Fire in the Oubliette was joint-winner of the Live Canon Pamphlet Competition 2020. She is a member of The Crocodile Collective.
Mary Mulholland’s poems have been widely published in magazines such as AMBIT, Arc, Fenland Poetry Journal, Finished Creatures, High Window, London Grip, Perverse, Snakeskin, Under the Radar, and in several anthologies. Twice-winner in Poetry Society Members’ competitions, she also won the Momaya Poetry Prize, and been commended or shortlisted in competitions including AMBIT, Aesthetica, Artlyst, Aryamurti, Bridport, Trim, Wasafiri, Winchester and Live Canon Pamphlet Prize. Mary holds a Newcastle/Poetry School MA in Writing Poetry, co-edits The Alchemy Spoon, runs Red Door Poets and is a founding member of The Crocodile Collective.
Simon Maddrell was born in the Isle of Man in 1965 and raised in Bolton. After twenty years in London, he moved to Brighton & Hove in 2020.
He has been published in thirteen anthologies and diverse publications such as AMBIT, Butcher’s Dog, Stand, The New European, Morning Star, Brittle Star, The Dawntreader, Perverse, Long Poem Magazine. Simon was longlisted for the Winchester Poetry Prize, 2021. In 2020, he was first runner-up in the Frogmore Poetry Prize, and longlisted for The Rialto Nature and Place Competition and Poetry London Mentoring Scheme.
Simon’s debut pamphlet, Throatbone, was published by UnCollected Press and Queerfella jointly-won The Rialto Open Pamphlet Competition 2020.