Between Stations: Kim Cheng Boey

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.