In this Issue
Our first issue of the decade explores the concept of home.What drives us to do this, to move cities, countries, or continents, be it for the short run or the long run? And how do we make sense of notions of home, belonging and identity in those circumstances? These questions have occupied many before us, and we attempt to explore them in this issue.
Letter from the Editors
Arts and Culture
Why bananas remind me of home
This Bahraini graphic and spatial designer tells us.
How TV is my connection to home
“It has to be put on this one specific channel.”
How could I connect to a home I never belonged to?
‘The words “Iraq” and “refugee” invited unwelcome questions.’
What is home?
Gulf residents and natives tell us.
Experiencing home through my aunts’ eyes
A new view of Kuwait.
I’m nostalgic for a sense of belonging
Is where we grew up our home?
What it means to be a third culture kid
This artist tells us.
The challenges of living away from my family
Confessions of a young engineer.
What it means to be a half-Lebanese, half-Emirati
“There were times when I felt like an outsider in both of my countries.”
A tribute to the migration of the poet’s tribe, who travelled across the Empty Quarter to find a home in the oasis of Al Ain.
“My home spits me out every night.”
I am Baghdad. Who are you?
“I’ll always be here”
Poem: Until my soul ceases to beat
“I am the grandchild of the East.”
Fiction: Can this be home?
“I never thought I’d miss home, not the physical place, but the way of life there.”
Poem: How I became my home
She constructs a home/ Out of rubble and bricks of agony.