Author: Sarah Bringhurst Familia

Home as Metaphor

I woke up this morning from a dream in which I’d just bought a new house. It was a big house, but complicated, with odd passages meandering in this and that direction, and bedrooms sprouting off from one another like mushrooms. The thresholds of the various rooms were all at different levels, so I had to step constantly up and down to pass from one room into another. I wandered through the house trying to find my way, but I couldn’t seem to make sense of the floor plan. I was always discovering a new room that hadn’t been...

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Blogger Profile: Bridget of Arabia

As well as posting original pieces created for Hiraeth, we like to also highlight interesting writing going on elsewhere. This series follows bloggers who write about their migrant lives and gives you a peek at some of our favourite posts on their blogs. Name: Bridget Palmer Blog: Bridget of Arabia Nationality: American Country of Residence: Finland Blogging Since: 2005 I thought I’d start off this series with a blogger I know personally, although in the way of surprisingly many of my international friendships, I’ve never (yet) met her in person. I originally got to know Bridget secondhand via her...

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Exit West – Permeable Borders

Last month Steve Inskeep at Fresh Air talked with Mohsin Hamid about his new novel, Exit West. Set in an unnamed country that bears more than a passing resemblance to the author’s native Pakistan, Exit West lives and breathes hiraeth, whether its characters are imagining a new life elsewhere, in a new place that will (they hope) become home, or making the agonizing decision over whether to leave their family and country of birth behind because it no longer affords them the safety of home. Just a few weeks after I heard the podcast, I was at a conference and someone read...

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The Roots of Dispersion

I often wonder how it feels to be tied to a place, to know that your history happened there, that the rhythm of the seasons and the pulse of life are echoed by the beating of your heart. How does it feel to be secure in your identity, to say ‘this is where I come from’? In the absence of belonging I mostly feel yearning; yearning for a place I left behind and cannot return to, either because it no longer exists, or because I am changed. I am under no illusion that my feelings are in any way...

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The Privilege of Home

My view about the concept of ‘home’ drastically changed when I saw my neighbour’s house being destroyed in Jerusalem in 2013. By that stage, I had lived in eight countries, left a dozen homes behind, and despite having loved all of them, the two homes I most longed for during my wanderings were both in Italy, my birth country. The first house belonged to my childhood. It was the place I went when I was just ten days old and where I spent all my summer, Christmas and Easter holidays until I was 17, which was when my parents...

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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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