Hannah Brockbank was born in South Yorkshire, but grew up in West Sussex. Between 2001-2004 she read English at the University of Chichester. She then pursued a career in librarianship and studied for an MSc Econ in Information and Library Studies at the University of Aberystwyth. In 2013, she returned to the University of Chichester to undertake an MA in Creative Writing. In 2016 she achieved a Distinction and was awarded the Kate Betts’ Memorial Prize. She continued her studies at the University of Chichester and has a Ph.D in English and Creative Writing. Her research interests include: the artistic embodiment of mothering, matrifocal poetry, maternal narratives, motherwork, birth trauma, matricentric feminism, material culture, object-centred engagement and the creative process, and the poetry of Vicki Feaver. She is part of the editorial board for the Journal of Mother Studies (JourMS), a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, open-access digital humanities hybrid project which is devoted to the issues, experiences, topics, history, and culture of mothers, mothering and motherhood.
She writes, paints, and lives with her husband and two children near the South Downs.
Author photograph by Natalie Miller.