S2 E18: Exploring the pain, hope & healing of being a mum with bipolar with Katie Rickson | Poet & Writer

S2 E18: Exploring the pain, hope & healing of being a mum with bipolar with Katie Rickson | Poet & Writer


Today’s episode is with Katie Rickson who is a poet, copywriter and editor and mum of one. Katie has had bipolar episodes for most of her adult life, but wasn’t diagnosed until she was eight weeks postpartum, and experiencing insomnia and mania. One thing that got her through this time was the mantra: “something beautiful will come from this.”

Katie now writes about her experiences of hospitalisation, diagnosis and identity, recovery, work, motherhood and more through her website Compassion Poetry. She’s been a guest lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington every year since 2018, a guest on podcasts, and a lived experience speaker at events. She’s on a mission to raise awareness and reduce stigma.



Links from today’s episode:

Inspired by:
Andrea Gibson Poetry
Shelly Davies
Dreamers Collective - Michelle Keating

Roald Dahl
The Artist’s Way - Julia Cameron
Becoming - Michelle Obama
Atomic Habits
Owning Bipolar - Michael G Pipitch?

About your host:

Kate Hursthouse is an artist, creative business owner and single mother to one awesome kid. She has run her own creative business since 2014 and has been involved in a whole range of projects over the years - from commercial illustrations and design projects to contemporary art, children’s book illustrations and hand painted murals.

She started this podcast to try and answer the question: how do we continue to be creative and produce creative work, while raising children? Her goal is to create a little corner of the internet where creative mothers share their stories and gain a feeling of community, understanding and inspiration.



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