JOANNA WALSH is a British writer and illustrator. She is the author of a collection of linked stories, Vertigo, just out from Dorothy, a publishing project. An earlier collection, Fractals, was published in the UK in 2013, and her nonfiction book Hotel was published internationally in 2015. Walsh writes literary and cultural criticism for The Guardian, the New Statesman, and The National, is the fiction editor at 3:am Magazine, and created and runs the Twitter hashtag #readwomen, heralded by the New York Times as “a rallying cry for equal treatment for women writers.”
from the collection Vertigo
out now from Dorothy, a publishing project
It’s not so much that we were young, because some of us were already old, old enough for gray hairs. It’s more that our children had made us young. Already in the youth of our young motherhood our children had given birth to our function.