Updated: May 7
New project rewriting the menopause by helping women find their literary voice.
Cultural and societal taboos surrounding the menopause have meant women’s experiences have been left unwritten and unheard. We've been virtually invisible in fiction, film, poetry, and prose. But now, with an estimated 13 million UK women currently either peri- or menopausal, it's our time to be heard.
Now, Petra Coveney - founder of Menopause Yoga and Patsy Isles (a journalist, yoga teacher and creative wellbeing practitioner who runs creative writing courses) have teamed up to launch a new women's empowerment project called MY Voice - ReWriting Your Menopause - to help women find their literary voice.
They will be running a series of workshops and day retreats open to all women who want to to express their menopause experience through words. They will hold safe and supportive spaces with yoga movement, breathwork, meditation and guided visualisations to draw out the authentic voices of women who can choose to express themselves through poetry, short stories and other forms of prose. Other writers will be invited to lead special events, including bestselling author Noelle Harrison (see below).
The project launches on Sunday June 20th, with 'Finding My Feet' - a special 6-hour workshop (from 10am-4pm) that will include simple Menopause Yoga, breathing exercises and guided meditations, to tap into your creativity. These are specially designed to give you the space, support and confidence to write or voice record your experiences, and guidance for you to develop these into poetry, short stories, and other creative outlets.
You do NOT need to be a writer to attend this workshop - it is for all women who want to find their voice.
Petra Coveney, journalist, author and founder of Menopause Yoga says: "The silence surrounding the menopause has contributed to the general fear and apprehension that women have about going through the menopause. I am passionate about giving women a voice so that their experiences can be heard and younger women can look after their health and wellbeing. Women need to have their stories heard, and be respected for their perspective on the world.