My book ‘An Expat’s Experiences of Living in Turkey’ is based on the many and varied experiences that have occurred during the past 25 years spent living in Turkey. It starts with how as an Englishman I came to arrive here in 1989 and why within a very short space of time my late wife and I decided to buy a plot of land and have a house built in a quite village down on the Mediterranean Coast. What followed from our decision to uproot and move to Turkey is a mixture of joy, happiness, distress, frustration, grief and finishing with extreme happiness, with my now living in a completely new environment and enjoying a second life here in Turkey. Scattered throughout the book are various tips and suggestions on a variety of things that can help those thinking of either just buying a holiday home here, of moving to live here permanently.
This is about my best friend who committed suicide and how I felt after it. We both had parents who were not very nice to us. They always were very harsh and strict, telling us things such as "why can't you be more like your brother?" and shouted at us, telling us what terrible children we were. Through all these troubles, it was Austin that helped me through it, and I did the same for him. But he couldn't handle it anymore. And, without any warning, he killed himself. I was left confused and I didn't know what to do. I ended up finding myself writing poems about how it affected me and how I felt. I have written quite a few poems about him but this is the one that stuck in my head.
My dream life in Bulgaria became a living hell and 18 months later had nearly destroyed my life after being subjected to domestic violence at the hands of a mentally ill Bulgarian national who deliberately targeted me by hacking our internet and eventually destroyed my relationship leaving me alone and isolated. With the attitudes of the Bulgarian culture towards these things meant I had nowhere to turn to for help. Even the police refused to help me and in the end saw me as a trouble maker when I requested their protection and help for an issue that is a way of life out there
This is the beginning of how I became a Fag Hag, from surviving childhood in the suburbs: raised by narcissistic, drunken, homophobic parents (and that's their good points) - to developing wonderful friendships with gay men (one gay man in particular). And lesbians. And bisexual, pansexual, transgender people. I could almost have called this book Gay - had it not been for the unfortunate discovery of my own heterosexuality, and the ensuing disaster this has proven to be, hence this is Fag Hag. Where everybody else is getting way more sex. It's twisted, comical and self-deprecating. And almost undeniably, unforgivably true. Cinderella only exists here in the form of a Drag Queen on ecstasy. The straight Cinders burnt to death in an unfortunate wig-cigarette burning incident on her way home from a fancy dress party.
"When we decided to start a family we thought it was just a question of time. But then we found out that we suffered from infertility. What followed was a long and emotional journey. I understood all the facts of infertility, but my emotions were so strong and often so confusing. Was that normal? How could I get through it? That’s why I wrote down my feelings and what was happening throughout my journey from finding out about infertility to finally becoming a Mummy. This is not a medical book, but if you are looking for comfort in knowing that other people have gone through this before you, struggled with their emotions just as much and want to hear their story, then it is the book for you. If my writing helps only one person to find a little bit of strength and hope from my story, my suffering was not for nothing. My journey resulted in a beautiful baby." This is the journey of a young woman on her journey to motherhood. It starts with excitement which slowly moves into devastation and fear but eventually ends with a happy ending. The story is a true life story from a young woman who kept a diary of her emotions and experiences whilst going through the emotional and physical stress you can experience when IVF treatment becomes your only chance for motherhood.
Greater Things is the story of Kristin, a young girl whose life was turned inside out in an instant, and was given no hope of normalcy. This book follows her journey of accepting her disability, while at the same time trying her hardest to overcome it. It is a raw perspective on everything from how people react differently to her situation; to learning how to navigate in and through an inaccessible world; to just trying to make the best of a crummy situation. This not a book about falling apart, but rather about making the most of a heartbreaking situation, trusting in God, and waiting for Greater Things. Please visit www.kristinbeale.com to read more.
The Iranian culture has been going through a lot of changes along the history. Even though, culture is a dynamic entity, some of these changes have led the Iranian cultural identity in to crisis. Displacement, as a result of economic and political chaos have been a triggering factor in recognising the crisis in the recent decades. I, as a female skilled migrant from Iran who moved to Australia 9 years ago, have experienced various dimensions of this crisis during my life in diaspora. I set out to demonstrate the complexities within Iranian culture versus other cultures. In this respect I focused on people’s lives, their ideas about various aspects of culture and the changes that the culture is dealing with at the moment. The project also draws on observations from a recent trip back to Iran. It was particularly surprising that almost everyone from various levels of society knows that life in Iran is much more difficult than it is in a lot of countries around the world but it seems like no one can do anything about it. I identified the core problem as a cultural one. In this respect, some Iranians have sought solace and a sense of calm through becoming involved in various mystical activities and courses and have found that very useful in their personal life. However, I very much doubted whether this helped at a broader social level.
This is my story of being sexuallyabused as a child and sold into prostitution and then living in several different violent relationships in my adult life. This is a story of addiction, abuse, and hope.
This work tells of a young man named Mark out at a bar with an unnamed friend. While his friend buys beer for the two, Mark takes the opportunity to blindly hit on a girl sitting at a nearby table, Marina. Marina then steers Mark towards discovery.