From Stateless to Citizen

What is it like to be without a country? To be born a stateless refugee? To have no citizenship, no passport, no place to belong?

Mamoun Abu Naser knows. He was born a Palestinian refugee in Syria, and has lived as a stateless person for his entire life.

Calmness Amidst Chaos

Francesca Aikman is a young 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,...

Hiraeth Magazine Teaser

Have a peek into our storytelling event, and go behind the scenes as we talk about some of our inspirations and intentions with Hiraeth magazine and podcast.  Documented by Sarah A. Levitt.


Interview with Laura M. Pana at the Hiraeth Poetry Night at Labyrinth Poetry & Cocktail Bar, May 6, 2017 Laura M. Pana is the founder and director of Migrationlab, an organization that co-creates opportunities with and for refugees,...

City In Translation

An Interview with Canan Marasligil at the Hiraeth Poetry Night at Labyrinth Poetry & Cocktail Bar, May 6, 2017   Canan Marasligil is a writer, translator, editor and curator. Her interest is in challenging official narratives and...

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...

Home Where I Can Be Foreign

Interview with artist Marta Colpani Having weathered several technological glitches that threatened to keep us apart, Marta Colpani and I are sipping coffee together at the Stedelijk museum – a small white square table between us, still an empty canvas on which we may...

Artist Profile: Anisa Makhoul

Anisa Makhoul is an American illustrator, living in Portland, Oregon.  She is the daughter of a 'Lebanese beekeeper', although she says that there's nothing particularly extraordinary about this fact since "everyone is an immigrant in some way shape or form." Anisa...

Artist Profile: Monica Perez Vega

POMPEII, 50x50 cm, oil on canvas, 2010 "My paintings are simply a metaphor for life.  It's about how we navigate the chaos and find our way..." We begin our weekly Artist Feature segment with the work of Monica Perez Vega, which is fitting as it was she who originally...


  • Hiraeth Ep. 29- Window To Another Reality 24/09/2018
    ‘I like to think of my work as a window to another reality, perhaps escapist and enchanting, like an hotel room, which is a symbol of a different reality than our daily life; perhaps a dreamlike experience, a place which is a temporary home.’ Michal Raz was born in Jerusalem and in spite of growing […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 28- Coming of Age in Trump's America 16/07/2018
    I had the pleasure of talking to two very astute young ladies. My daughter Luna and her friend Okxana. Both are 19 years old and go to college in Los Angeles, California. Luna has grown up between Europe and California. She lives in LA with her mom during the school year and, with her brother, […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 27- Heritage From Below 02/07/2018
    A year ago, Hiraeth was invited to participate in a session on “Whose Heritages Matter” during a conference at Wageningen University in the east of the Netherlands. Meghann Ormond, Associate Professor in Cultural Geography at Wageningen, speaks about her own heritage, from her two passport countries, the U.S. and Portugal, as well as the Netherlands, […]
  • Hiraeth Ep 26- Harbours and Horizons 18/06/2018
    Our new Hiraeth poetry editor, Jez Keighley, talks about the beginnings of his poetry career, musical influences on his poetry and his poetry/music collaborations with 3Bop, an Italian jazz artist. Jez is originally from the north of England, and “ran away” to university when he was 18. After moving to Vienna for love and then […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 25- Heritage and Identity 04/06/2018
    Welcome back to our second season of the Hiraeth Podcast! This season will be focused around the themes of “heritage and identity.” What is heritage and how do we pack it with us from one place to the next? What does it mean to preserve one’s heritage and when does that become a bad thing? […]

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