Little Blue Lines
** Winner of Best Fictional Storytelling at the Arias 2022 **
In 2015 I wrote a blog describing the anxiety of trying to grow a baby inside me after failing so miserably at the previous two attempts. Three years later I was looking for a new writing project and rediscovered the blog, I was overwhelmed by the intensity of the feelings and realised this was a story that needed telling; a silence that I still felt the weight of and that needed breaking.
During Baby Loss Awareness Week 2018 I arranged a first reading of Little Blue Lines - a play about a woman who is on the verge of being broken by society’s expectations of her body, striving to be happy on her own terms. I invited members of the baby loss and health care community who said it was authentic, believable and relevant. Other guests found it heartbreakingly funny and important. I was struck by how much of the information in the play was completely new to the audience and actors, and my initial intention with the play – to raise awareness about miscarriage - was boosted.
At the end of 2019 I got the excellent news that I had a commission from BBC Radio 4. The play was originally scheduled to air in October 2020 (during Baby Loss Awareness Week) but had to be postponed due to Covid. It will finally go out into the world in five fifteen-minute episodes over the week 22-26 February 2021. I am very excited to be able to share a story so important to me - and that I hope will resonate with thousands of listeners around the country - on such a fantastic platform and scale.
You can find more information on the programme page on the BBC.
Amy has suffered three miscarriages in three years. The routine words of comfort have grown tiresome, she does not feel ‘normal’ anymore and Mother Nature can bugger off.
Around a quarter of a million women in the UK miscarry each year, the majority of those miscarriages happen in the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. Little Blue Lines charts the daily slog of miscarrying, the slow torture of recurrent miscarriage and the consequences of leaving mental health conditions unrecognised and untreated. It exposes a secret sisterhood going through this in silence (lovely women, shit initiation process); the need to break that silence and the reasons why this is still such a hard thing to do.