Author: Carrie McWilliamsThe theme in this selection of work from Carrie is the living of woman from child into old age. We are taken through the joy and freedom of childhood to the pain that intrudes on our lives and the struggles we must endure to continue.A small girl dances along to her first day of school. Her thoughts skip from her new frock to the change in place and happenings around her. Later, on hearing of an incident that brings her young brother to hospital, her mind is filled with curiosity and intrigue.The cocoon of one family unit is smashed by a cruel event that threatens the sanity of a mother and blights their future lives.A woman is struggling to recognise her own reflection in a mirror.Sarah is suffocating in the sterile environment of a hospital while her mother approaches a last breath. She escapes into the open air and takes her journey around a local park.In the poem ‘Rise Up’ a young woman is encouraged to latch on to life once more and continue.While Maire, in ‘Inpatient’, sings a lonely song that fails to reach the ears of her carers.