Between Stations

Cheng Boey Kim

Between Stations
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Between Stations

Cheng Boey Kim

Between Stations is a collection of personal essays exploring notions of home and belonging, and where they may lie for a migrant writer, shuttling between the stations of the old and adopted country, the past and present, the memory and the imagination.

The essays attempt to recover a vanished Singapore and reconcile with the lost landscapes of a childhood and the ghost of a distant father, as they follow the narrator through a year of international wandering, en route to relocation in the new world of Australia. About the Author Kim Cheng Boey was born in Singapore and migrated to Australia in 1997. He has published four award-winning collections of poetry, and teaches at the University of Newcastle.

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Kim Cheng Boey was born in Singapore and became an established poet in his home country before migrating to Australia in 1997. He has had many volumes of poetry published. Between Stations is his first collection of travel writing. He currently lectures on creative writing at the University of Newcastle. Cheng Boey was known in Singapore for his political writings and had become disillusioned with Singapore’s rapid economic growth, which he felt came at a cost to its places of tradition.

The selection of writings here focuses on his experiences travelling and working in China, India, Egypt and Morocco. Here are 11 stories to transport you to a particular place and state of mind. The phrase ‘between stations’ can mean something different to anyone who has migrated: the feeling of being somewhere which still after many years can feel new. The place of your birth – no matter your feelings – holds a sense of strong nostalgia that can never be lost.

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