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Growing up African in Australia

Author: Edited by Maxine Beneba Clarke, Magan Magan, Ahmed Yussuf

Language: English

Summary: ‘I was born in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe.’
‘My dad was a freedom fighter, waging war for an independent state: South Sudan.’
‘We lived in a small country town, in the deep south of Western Australia.’
‘I never knew black people could be Muslim until I met my North African friends.’
‘My mum and my dad courted illegally under the Apartheid regime.’
‘My first impression of Australia was a housing commission in the north of Tasmania.’
‘Somalis use this term, “Dhaqan Celis”. “Dhaqan” means culture and “Celis” means return.’ Continue reading “Growing up African in Australia”

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The Penguin book of migration literature: departures, arrivals, generations, returns

Author:  Dohra Ahmad, editor; Edwidge Danticat, writer of foreword

Language: English

Summary: [Ahmad’s] “introduction is fiery and charismatic… This book encompasses the diversity of experience, with beautiful variations and stories that bicker back and forth.” –Parul Sehgal, The New York Times

The first global anthology of migration literature featuring works by Mohsin Hamid, Zadie Smith, Marjane Satrapi, Salman Rushdie, and Warsan Shire, with a foreword by Edwidge Danticat, author of Everything Inside
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Knocked up abroad, stories of pregnancies, birth, and raising a family in a foreign country

Author: Lisa Ferland

Language: English

Summary: Knocked Up Abroad: Stories of pregnancy, birth, and raising a family in a foreign country is a compilation of stories featuring the experiences of 21 mothers and two dads who took on the role of primary caretaker while raising their families abroad. These stories take place in 24 different countries and span several continents to highlight the infinite ways in which babies are welcomed into the world. Each story is as unique as the child being born. Their experiences range from the spa-like treatments for postpartum women in Japan to insatiable pregnancy cravings in the Seychelles to non-functioning toilets in West Africa. Source:

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Between worlds: essays on culture & belonging

Author: Marylin R. Gardner

Language: English

Summary: “In the hall of an old Inn by the ocean is a sign that reads ‘Home is Where Our Story Begins.’ But if home is where our story begins, what happens when we can’t go back?” Marilyn Gardner was raised in Pakistan and went on to raise her own five children in Pakistan and Egypt before moving to small town New England. Between Worlds will resonate with those who have lived outside of their passport country, as well as those who have not. These essays explore the rootlessness and grief as well as the unexpected moments of humor and joy that are a part of living between two worlds. Between Worlds charts a journey between the cultures of East and West, the comfort of being surrounded by loved ones and familiar places, and the loneliness of not belonging. “Every one of us has been at some point between two worlds, be they faith and loss of faith, joy and sorrow, birth and death. Between Worlds is a luminous guide for connecting—and healing—worlds.” – Cathy Romeo, co-author, Ended Beginnings: Healing Childbearing Losses – Source:

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Writers Abroad: new anthology

Do you have a story to tell? A poem to share? Fancy your chance at getting published? The online writing group, Writers Abroad, is seeking submissions of flash fiction, short story and poetry on the theme of ‘light’ for its fifth anthology, Kaleidoscope. For details about submission criteria click here. And if you would like to know more about what is all about, read the interview with Paola Fornari who is … Continue reading Writers Abroad: new anthology

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New anthology from Writers Abroad: an interview with Paola Fornari

Paola Fornari is an active member of Writers Abroad, an online community of expat writers. In this interview she tells us about their fifth anthology, Kaleidoscope.    Paola, can you tell us something about Writers Abroad, where this community comes from and what are its goals? The group was formed to help overcome the isolation and difficulties that expat writers may face in their host country. Our aim is … Continue reading New anthology from Writers Abroad: an interview with Paola Fornari