The ‘thanks’ are in the post

The Phraser has tapped away another year … thanks!  It’s knowing there’s an audience that gets the writing out from somewhere between my ears and into cyberspace.

It has been a stretched eighteen months of writing with  Zimbabwe, land of my birth, still taking up much of the space.  Quite a chunk of that has been taken up by two interviewees.

Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: Where do I Belong? by Shabibi Shah


Where do I Belong? From Kabul to London – A Refugee’s Life by Shabibi Shah

Shabibi Shah left Afghanistan almost exactly thirty years ago – in March 1983.

The slim book, Where do I Belong?, is about Shabibi Shah’s life in Afghanistan and then as a refugee.

The tale is written with precision and in English, a language Shabibi mastered in her late forties.  She is a published poet in her own language of Dari, and is careful with words.

Continue reading