Questions of belonging

The consequences of introduced species
by
September 2021, no. 435

Imaginative Possession: Learning to live in the Antipodes by Belinda Probert

Upswell, $26.99 pb, 173 pp

Questions of belonging

The consequences of introduced species
by
September 2021, no. 435

Wanting to belong forms the root system of Belinda Probert’s Imaginative Possession, marking the terrain – how can she, as an immigrant, ever feel at home in Australia? – and producing shoots of longing for the landscapes of her English childhood. Even now, forty-five years after arriving in Perth to take up a teaching position at Murdoch University, after which she lived briefly in Adelaide before raising a family in Melbourne, that question lingers. Specifically, given that she feels at ease with the people and culture, why does she still feel needled by the natural environment?

Paul Dalgarno reviews 'Imaginative Possession: Learning to live in the Antipodes' by Belinda Probert

Imaginative Possession: Learning to live in the Antipodes

by Belinda Probert

Upswell, $26.99 pb, 173 pp

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