A unique series of events with four of our storytellers who have grappled with shame. These conversations explore their lives and the insights they have gained as they continue to find a way to navigate their relationship with shame. This is an opportunity to bring language to what is rarely spoken about as it often lies in a place of secrecy and silence.

This conversation explores Anne-Marie’s journey of lifting the veil of shame and reclaiming the truth of who she is as a bereaved mother from the mistruths told by the Media.

The people attacking me online did me a favour as I let go of caring what strangers thought about a fictional version of me and Martha. That was the wrath that provoked me out of the shamed silence and into the places I chose to tell her story.
ANNE-MARIE COCKBURN

About the guest

In July 2013 Anne-Marie’s 15-year-old daughter, Martha Fernback, spent the afternoon in an Oxford park with friends when she took a half gram of pure crystallised MDMA (ecstasy) which killed her.

In the immediate aftermath of Martha’s death, Anne-Marie started to write 5742 Days (the number of days Martha lived), a book which chronicles a mother’s journey through loss. Anne-Marie has shared her story in RESTORE for the last eight years.

Event details

In conversation with Anne-Marie Cockburn

Date: Tuesday, 7 June 2022

Time: 18.30 – 19.30 BST – to see what time this will be where you live click here

Ticket price: £6 – if you can pay more, then please do add a donation.
The price of the ticket includes access to the recording of the event for one week after.

Location: Your living room (via zoom)…

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About the host

Sandra Barefoot has worked for over 13 years leading our prison programme RESTORE. Her extensive experience in facilitating group processes exploring trauma and pain led her to question with colleagues the vital place shame plays in how we see ourselves and others.

Sandra’s exploration of shame has led her to understand how vital the place of finding a new language to be able to explicitly speak of shame. In hosting these conversations, she hopes to explore the complexity of how this language shapes itself within our lives and provides us with the ability to strengthen our resilience from shame.

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