Hiraeth is a human condition, and the idea of finding or making ‘home’ is the subject of many works of art. Home is more than just a shelter, it is a feeling, one that we can’t always explain. It can even evolve and change as we grow. If you have an experience that you’d like to share, we’d love to hear it. Is yours a story of love, personal growth, refuge, or adventure…?
We are looking for submissions that demonstrate an individual experience or expression of hiraeth or finding home. Non-native English speakers are welcome and encouraged to submit, and we also accept submissions in other languages (accompanied by English translation).
You retain all copyrights to your work. This is a platform for creating dialogue and building community. We are a team of volunteers and Hiraeth is a nonprofit organisation. If you have any other questions, please email us. Or click on the relevant link to submit:
I talk with Dori about her work finding meaning in material as different as maps and the covers of science fiction novels, what lockdown is like with just her, her cat Milo and all her Zoom classes, and her resolve to ‘use the fine China’, meaning the objects and useful items family and friends have gifted her.
Ana is currently undergoing active treatment for cancer, and during our interview she shares her journey toward healing, what she has learned along the way, and how it feels to be a cancer patient during a pandemic. We talk about how coronavirus and lockdown have impacted her, and what she wishes people knew about cancer in the time of corona, and how we can take care of the vulnerable among us.
Erica Eastley has lived an adventurous life in several different countries in Central Asia, the Middle East and beyond. She talks about why Central Asia and Cairo both feel like home to her, when Saudi Arabia and Mexico did not. She tells us what’s going on with the pandemic in Egypt, what has changed and what hasn’t, and how she is trying to help the refugees she works with make it through this difficult time.