Author: Sarah Bringhurst Familia

The Blood of the Soul

I spent my morning at the Italian consulate today, submitting my application to become Italian. Hearing the cadences of Italian (even the elevated, exasperated tones of Italians grappling with red tape on either side of the counter of a government office) took me back to the village in Italy where I fell in love with many things, not least of which was the music of the Italian language. The sound of a language is a bit like the scent of a local flower, or the tingle on the taste buds of a favourite morsel of street food. It has...

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Rough Translation

I’m always on the lookout for other podcasts that cover similar territory to the Hiraeth podcast–those that share stories about transcending borders, sharing cultures, and looking at familiar things from new points of view. So when I heard about NPR’s new podcast, Rough Translation, it sounded right up my alley. Like all of NPR’s podcasts, this one is produced with an American audience in mind. But the way it covers the territory is something new. The basic premise of Rough Translation is to take some topic that’s being widely discussed in the U.S. at the moment (say, fake news,...

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Song of Praise

by Jeremy Keighley Why do I find myself here ? the curse of my teenage years its so narrow valley where a cliff face looms white over Victorian stone houses with wet blue-grey slate roofs. I ran at eighteen back five years later to find my roots loved it/hated it the cold/ the endless rain but that June light so clear, so focused, so perfect on that tree-crowded town. Those days and nights spent in the Gate, the Boathouse the County all gone now that harsh-beautiful dialect spoken by girls in terrible discos like prisons. the crisp snow cracking...

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Dulcimer Chimes

by Jeremy Keighley In a white wood room I wrote my name on the wing of a tiny bird made daisy chains in summer fields lit a candle in a hurricane drank warm ale in a pub blue with cigarette smoke and language to see you barefoot in lace a sardonic Ophelia who smiled while the rest of us slid down dark icy paths walked through cold rain our hair gel and mousse splatted flat.   You, unruffled at the corner of the bar even when you were there You were never there only later did we notice frost...

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Turquoise Eyes

by Jeremy Keighley A Finnish girl with Turquoise eyes is the only journal entry I can remember from leaving England all those years ago. Brown, muddy river oil flats, fields drift away from us now. The boat takes me downstream, goodbye England beery toasts and photos, graffiti docks where cranes lurk like giant spiders   A journey starts but this time it’s only the end of a visit, not a new begin. Now I wish I had written more when I left England for good for that slow drift into the unknown with no job or flat waiting for...

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  • Hiraeth Ep. 24- Calmness Amidst Chaos 20/11/2017
    Francesca Aikman is an artist from the North West of England who lives and works in Amsterdam. She arrived directly after finishing a degree in Fine Art at university in Preston to take up a residency at OT303, and, without her really realizing or planning it, Amsterdam became home.  Recently, she has been making small, […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 23- A Moving Legacy 02/10/2017
    In this episode, Sarah talks to Lucille Abendanon who has three nationalities and has lived in six different countries. Lucille shares not only her own story of movement, but also the incredible stories of her Dutch Oma and Opa who survived life in Japanese concentration camps. Lucille is a writer and values the power of […]
  • Hiraeth Ep 22- Crimea Calling 18/09/2017
    In 2010, Masha and her brother inherited her grandparents’ home in Crimea, the place of her birth. Last Spring, she traveled there and felt a tug to return and explore her roots. She has long felt the pull between lands and questioned her sense of identity- having lived in the US since the age of […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 21 - Embrace The Journey 04/09/2017
    I met Cynthia on instagram- While she runs the very serious business of recruitment and coaching for expats through her company Xpath Global Careers, she also happens to run a hilarious instagram account called @expatmemes which pokes fun at the trials and tribulations of international life...  Many times, I found myself commenting (or at least thinking) […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 20- Summer Wrap Up 21/07/2017
    In this episode, we talk about art, politics and plans for the future.  This episode is a series of audio clips from team meetings and conversations recorded over the past six months.  It is a reflection on the year so far- as we wrap up for Summer vacation.  We will resume in the Fall, and […]

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