Biromums Belfast was the first Biromums group. We met weekly in the Ormeau Library from 2013 – 2014.
We were also pleased to receive a write-up of the group in the Irish News.
You can read the booklet of writing produced here: Biromums 2013
Read some more of our writing here:
A Biromum writes:
“Having 5 children by the time I was 27 has been, as you can imagine a challenge. Life had mainly been focused on bringing the children up and working. So being creative had never really been a part of my life. Of course I did all the things a mum likes to do with her kids. Colouring in, painting, playing house etc. But over the past few years as the kids have got older all that has disappeared and so too did the creativity.
When my youngest was born premature it made me take a good look at what the future entailed. So I started to study and in March 2011 I opened my own company. At the time I thought I would handle writing advertisements and websites etc. But when I went to put pen to paper my mind would go completely blank. In the end I had to get someone to do it for me. At first it did not annoy me that I had to get someone to do it for me, but as more time went on I really wanted to learn to do it myself. So I started to look for a creative writing course that would fit in with my tight schedule. The more I started to look at creative writing the more I started to get interested in it.
There are so many things I would like to write about, my childhood, teenage years, past relationships etc. So that my kids can understand why my life turned out the way it did, but this all entails getting into my own head (easier said than done). So when I seen a status on face book about Biro mums it was exactly what I was looking for. Although it has been difficult getting to the classes due to one thing or another I have been able to do the homework’s and read two of the books on the reading list provided.
One of the books was on keeping a diary which I found really helpful and encouraging. Not only has it helped me start my own diary but it also gave me the idea to get my son to write one too, he struggles to cope with his feelings as he cannot express himself in the way most people do and it has been a great benefit to him so far.
I am nowhere near as creative in my writing as I would like to be but I know by practicing I will gain the confidence to write. By doing the exercises provided by Biro mums and the one’s in the books I hope that I will stop being so judgmental of my own writing.”