Sheila Heti on motherhood, being a writer and the decision whether or not to have children

In this English edition of De Balie Podcast editor Ianthe Mosselman speaks to writer Sheila Heti, whose latest book is on motherhood. In this novel the main character doubts whether she wants children or not, because writing is what’s most important to her in life. What does it mean to choose for a life without children?

Mosselman and Heti speak about motherhood and the critique that fell on Heti after the publication of her book Motherhood. Critique that was often personal, aimed at the writer instead of the characters from the novel.


In this Dutch essay for the Nederlandse Boekengids De Balie-editor Ianthe Mosselman discussed her own take on the issue of motherhood and artistry, referencing Sheila Heti’s Motherhood.

Deze podcast wordt geproduceerd door Dag en Nacht Media.