About the Event
Book the babysitter and join us for a romp through the highs and lows of motherhood. Life with tiny humans is tough but feel safe in the knowledge that our panel thinks so too! Join @slummysinglemummy Jo Middleton (Playgroups and Prosecco), Gill Sims (Why Mummy Swears) and author and midwife Leah Hazard (Hard Pushed; A Midwife’s Story) as they share their perfectly imperfect parenthood journeys. They talk to author and journalist Lucy Atkins. There will be an interval during this event.
About the Authors
Jo Middleton lives in Taunton, Somerset, with her two daughters. She fell pregnant with her first daughter at 16 and still went on to get 1st class honours in her Economics degree. After training to be an actuary and then volunteering in fundraising and marketing jobs, Jo quit to become a freelance journalist. She has been writing on her blog, Slummy Single Mummy, since 2009.
Gill Sims is the author of the hugely successful parenting blog and Facebook site ‘Peter and Jane’, which now has a staggering 400k+ followers. Her first book Why Mummy Drinks was the bestselling hardback fiction debut of 2017, spending over six months in the Top Ten of the Sunday Times Bestseller Charts, and was shortlisted for Debut Novel of the Year in the British Book Awards. Her second book Why Mummy Swears spent seven weeks at Number One in the Sunday Times Bestseller Charts and 20 weeks in the Top Ten.
She lives in Scotland with her husband, two children, and two Border Terriers, because apparently one terrier didn’t cause her enough trouble. Gill’s interests include drinking wine, wasting time on social media, trying and failing to recapture her lost youth, and looking for one of the dogs when he decides to go on one of his regular jaunts, while trying to stop the other one eating unspeakable things.
Leah Hazard is a serving NHS midwife in Scotland. Having studied at Harvard, she left a career in television to pursue her lifelong interest in women’s health after the birth of her first daughter in 2003. She soon began working as a doula, supporting women in pregnancy and attending numerous births in homes and hospitals across the country. The birth of Leah’s second daughter in 2006 prompted Leah to make the leap into midwifery. Since qualifying, she has worked in a variety of clinical areas within the NHS maternity services, including antenatal clinics, triage units and labour wards.