My Writing

Writing has always been a passion of mine. In fact several teachers told me I’d be a writer one day. Sadly health issues have significantly hampered my writing over the past decade. However I have several projects currently in the works, and thought it was about time I brought all my writing into one easy place of reference.

Published Works

The Inadequacy of Words by Amanda Shortman. The book cover has a cream background with a pale blue messy circle and a line drawing of a person's face with eyes closed.

The Inadequacy of Words

My first poetry collection on the themes of disability, chronic illness, mental health, and neurodiversity. Find out more here.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum The Definitive Guide by Caitlin Dean and Amanda Shortman. The book cover has a green background with an illustration of a pregnancy woman next to a signpost under a dark cloud.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum: The Definitive Guide

My co-authored book on Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Find out more and buy a copy here.


An essay in a book
Short stories in 2 anthologies
A novel about grief & acceptance
Co-editing an anthology
More WIPs than I can count!

Free to Download

The Family Patch's Free Advent Activity Calendar Printable PDF

FREE activity advent calendar to download and print

I created this cute little advent calendar for families with small children and little time and energy. Download it here.

The Family Patch's Free Chakra eBook for Kids

FREE eBook all about the chakras for kids

This was a little guide I put together when my son was little. You can download a free copy here.

Advent Poetry Series on YouTube

crocheted dolls of Santa, Mrs Claus, Rudolph, and two Elves

Advent at The North Pole

I first wrote and recorded these videos way back in 2008. Then I re-recorded them and added them to YouTube around a decade later, featuring these cute crocheted characters.

There’s a video for every day in Advent, starting from 30th November all the way through to 24th December. There’s even a bonus Christmas Day video. Check them out here.

Poetry on the Blog

These are all poems I have simply shared on my blog. You can simply click the images to read them.