I used to think I was a fat girl inside a skinny girl’s body. I trained for so long in a weight-controlled sport that I was always aware of my weight - usually accurate to within a 100g. But I never felt I belonged in it. At my skinniest, I would feel the absence of … Continue reading Escaping Discomfort
How do you define someone's Irishness? Is it by their accent, their passport, their residence, their parents, their birthplace, or is it their appearance? I recently took part in a social experiment by Una Kavanagh to capture images of those of us who are Irish, but don’t look Irish, and are regularly asked “where are … Continue reading Irishness
I was asked by an English friend nearly 6 years ago “if you got pregnant now, would you keep it?” I was 27 at the time, single, and had been in London less than 6 months, in a temporary job, and a stack of student debt after finishing my Masters the year before. And yet, … Continue reading Leaving Ireland To Gain Perspective
I remember being a teenager and having this breakthrough realisation that if I was just really nice to everyone then they would have to like me and be my friend! Genius! I was obviously a lonely teenager, with very few friends. I didn’t know who I was, or who I wanted to be. I surrounded … Continue reading Learning how to make (authentic) friends
I am a writer. Wow. It feels exhilarating to even write that! I have been writing blog posts since February of this year, and yet it is only in the last few days that I feel able to say I am a writer. It was only a few months ago that I even identified the … Continue reading I write. Therefore…
Immigrant, expat, part of the Irish diaspora - which one am I? Born in Malaysia to an Indian father and an Irish mother, raised in Ireland where I lived till the age of 27. Now living in England for almost 7 years, my brown skin identifies my otherness, but my Irish accent catches people off … Continue reading Otherness
Introducing Siobhan Kangataran...