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Caring for a baby, even my own perfect darling, is boring. But it lit a creative fire in my belly.


by Niamh Donnellan
17th Jun 2021

Niamh Donnellan

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"Over a year after baby’s arrival. I have a renewed urge to write, to create" - Niamh Donnellan

The small hours of half light in the first year of motherhood have allowed Niamh Donnellan to carve out a space for creativity like she never has before.

I’m writing this at half past midnight, long past my bedtime, as I wait for the inevitable cry from the baby’s room for his first wake of the night.  I thought my creativity would wane when I had my first child, the effect of the pram in the hallway as Cyril Connolly famously wrote. But instead, thrillingly and unexpectedly, it has ignited a fire in my belly that remains unquenched over a year after baby’s...

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