Wow, I’ve read my advance digital copy of Life on the Move and it’s fabulous. I loved all the stories. I was so interested to read the tales set in my home country, the UK, as they hold an interesting lens up to things I don’t normally pause to think about. However, after a combined 10 years living in Africa, the stories set there resonated the most for me. But truly, each story is in its own way is worthy of your time. Continue reading
Life on the Move is a great project that I’m pleased to have played a tiny role in, alongside a formidable army of female writers. Our stories have been collected into this exciting new anthology and I have to say, I can’t wait to read it. I’m happy to tell you that there’s not long to wait, the book will be available mid-June 2019. Continue reading
It can be tough being the Trailing Spouse on an expat posting, there are times when you feel like you are the excess baggage. The life and career you had built before is almost certainly on hold or possibly gone forever, particularly if you are not permitted to work in your host country and the goal posts move even further apart if you decide to start a family while you are overseas.
There are two choices. You can bemoan the doors that have closed to you or go out and unlock some new ones. There are many inspiring expats who have used their time to do something new and go in unexpected directions.
Fellow expat Debi Beaumont is one of them. She had a busy and successful career in London. However, when she landed in Johannesburg as a shiny new expat, suddenly career-less and also pregnant she slowly realised that her hobby was becoming a passion that opened new avenues up to her…
“When I arrived in Johannesburg for the first time (we’ve been back and forth a lot!) I was new to the expat thing, I knew nobody in the city and I was so extremely nauseous with my first pregnancy that it could take hours to drag myself out of the flat each morning. How on earth was I going to meet anybody and make friends, I wondered. Continue reading
As an expat it’s always a challenge to dig beneath the surface and figure out what makes your new country tick, to comprehend the national psyche. In South Africa, the wound left by the Apartheid years is still raw. Continue reading