OTHER MOTHERS

Mike Ladd interviews Ali Cobby Eckermann, Krissy Kneen, and Lorraine McGuigan, three Australian women poets who’ve published recent books about their unusual relationships with their mothers and grandmothers. Those relationships range from the loving to the abusive, from the absent to the overwhelmingly present. In this Earshot series you’ll hear stories of finding an unknown mother, of living with a teenage mother with mental illness and of growing up with a gloriously eccentric matriarch.

Inside my mother: Ali Cobby Eckermann
Poet Ali Cobby Eckermann had two mothers; one of them took 30 years to find.

Eating My Grandmother: Krissy Kneen
The story of an eccentric matriarch who raised her daughters and granddaughters in a fantasy world called ‘Dragonhall’.

What the Body Remembers: Lorraine McGuigan
The trauma of growing up with a mentally disturbed teenage mother.

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Further reading:

KRISSY KNEEN
Sydney Morning Herald, ‘What Does It Take to Get Banned in This Town’
Writing Queensland: Notes from the Middle of My Career
Furious Vaginas: A Discipline by Krissy Kneen
Review: Triptych – an erotic adventure by Krissy Kneen
Affection: a memoir of love, sex and intimacy by Krissy Kneen

ALI COBBY ECKERMANN
Ali Cobby Eckermann at Poetry International
Review Short: Ali Cobby Eckermann’s Inside My Mother (Cordite magazine), 30 August 2015
Three poems by Ali Cobby Eckermann (Sampsonia Way, 13 October 2014)
Ali Cobby Eckermann, at the Poetry Foundation
Australia is still fighting a land war and it’s the country’s great divide (The Conversation, 21 May 2014)

LORRAINE MCGUIGAN
On death and preservation, (Eureka Street, 18 November 2013)
Attentative to rumours of healing, (Eureka Street, 26 February 2008)
Agnostic’s deathbed, (Eureka Street, 07 November 2011)
Lorraine McGuigan: four poems from Blood Plums
Lorraine McGuigan: Poetry