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Rocket Girls | Hannah D. Lavery

Rocket Girls | Hannah D. Lavery

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    The Rocket Girl was all set, yet at final checks she was stalled by Mission Control.


    Hannah is a writer and performer, she grew up in Edinburgh and now lives in Dunbar. She graduated in English and Education with Commonwealth Literature from the University of Stirling in 2002 and spent several years teaching English in secondary school. In 2013, she founded CoastWord, an annual festival of music and words, and was Scottish Book Trust’s Reader in Residence for East Lothian in 2014–2015. She was recently awarded a Megaphone Residency by The Workers’ Theatre for her Spoken Word Show, The Drift, which went on to be part of the National Theatre of Scotland’s Just Start Here weekender.


    Rocket Girls is her debut pamphlet of shorts. In it Hannah explores the lives of a series of women and their fights, both their victories and defeats, to find and to use their voice, their power, and their freedom. The short short stories cover many of the themes around growing up, belonging, motherhood and mental health in short wee glimpses and in sideway glances.


    And she has to remain here, his stay-at-home deity. Throwing her screams into neon plastic tumblers. Celebrating victories one removed, whilst they create marks on her like tree rings.


    ‘The excitement and confusion of growing up is distilled right here; the fitting in, the falling out, the winning, the losing, the longing to belong. Love, loss and love again are revealed in Rocket Girls in blinding glimpses and heart-breaking snippets told in language rich and mesmerising.’ —Catherine Simpson

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