Category Archives: poetry

Finding my homeland

“Some places make you feel more full than others,” said Palestinian author, Nathalie Handal at last weekend’s third Georgetown Literary Festival in Penang. The theme of the weekend was irresistible to me – Hiraeth – a Welsh word that means … Continue reading

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The art of sitting

I’ve never been much good at doing nothing but I know it’s good for me. Nevertheless, the older I’ve got, and the wiser (!), the more I recognise the value of mindfulness. But it’s harder than ever these days since … Continue reading

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Meeting the Penang Poet

A few weeks ago I was in Penang again. I love the place. I love the way the Chinese shophouses are  works of art and how the murals blend in with the trees that grow among the ruins and the … Continue reading

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Torn

It’s that Friday in the month that we hold the Writers’ Café. Always a special day for me and one that I only miss if I am out of town. Nothing else keeps me away. It was back in the … Continue reading

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Sinking in

Sinking in One year on I hold out my arms tip back my head and float, at last, on my South China Sea. Now aquamarine, bejeweled island of treasures flour-fine sands stamped black with feathered palms. Malaysia. Now you hold … Continue reading

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A quirky return

Ian and I have just popped over to Holland from Malaysia to attend our son, Sam’s, graduation ceremony from University College Utrecht. Even as I write that sentence I realise how crazy it must seem to those who have never … Continue reading

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The sun also rises

It’s been weeks since I willingly watched dawn slowly scale the limits of this world yet today I find a cooler air licks at my calves as I sit back and see what magic may unfold.   The monochrome cityscape … Continue reading

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Twelve Week Scan

New life began  then. When  I took flight  from whence  I’d lived and loved  on flatter, cooler, calmer  soil. Where bright colours  speckle squares of earth  in spring.   I look down from  here, where  pillows of palms  froth and … Continue reading

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The Newcomer

I am currently reading Lois Bushong‘s new book Belonging Everywhere and Nowhere. She is an Adult Third Culture Kid (ATCK) and counsellor, currently based in Indianapolis and a good friend of mine through the Families in Global Transition Conferences I … Continue reading

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Reasons to be Cheerful, stage 2

There are more good things about living in Kuala Lumpur than bad, but when you are new in town things can get out of proportion. It’s when you are in the throes of the second stage of culture shock (that’s … Continue reading

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