Scatterlings: A Tapestry of Afri-Expat Tales
by Kerry Engelbrecht – copy editor/writer- 18 September 2013
A healing journey - Scatterlings: A
Tapestry of Afri-Expat Tales
- Eve Hemming (Published by Xlibris)
Enigmatic psychologist Eve Hemming’s first book is stirring up emotions among Southern African expats around the globe, many of whom have responded with a flood of tears and praise for the healing effect the work is having on them.
A migrant from South Africa, Hemming landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 2008. In-between dealing with the grief of saying farewell to her homeland and falling in love with her new land, she began writing Scatterlings “out of anger, pain and disillusionment”. What began as a way of working though her own ‘shrapnelled’ emotions has morphed into an intensely therapeutic resource for migrants.
“I see the book as part of my own healing journey,” says Hemming, “and in the tapestry, woven with others’ stories, others and I have found solace and strength through connectivity and identification”.
Along with her own story, in which she treads carefully through the complex nature of her birth land, Hemming also uses her psychological knowledge and skills to support migrants through their stages of grief and adaption.
Described as “emotionally and intellectually stimulating”, Scatterlings blends in others’ stories too, including children’s tales and perceptions along with articles by notable writers, political figures and projectionists. She tackles the complexity of South Africa’s history with deep respect. The book incorporates poetry about Africa along with some favourite traditional recipes, and concludes with a thought-provoking epilogue signifying closure.
Aside from supporting migrants themselves, Hemming hopes Scatterlings will allow friends, relatives and others in relationships – both personal and professional – with expats to develop a deeper understanding of the profound effects of migration.
Hemming is a freelance writer, special needs’ teacher and psychologist; currently working as an educational psychologist in Auckland In her spare time she has taken up the mantle as an advocate for the migrant population, assisting many people during their complex transition, adaptation and acculturation. She gives her time freely as a motivational speaker for expat groups.
Softcover 978-1-4836-4229-1 | Ebook
Release Date: Out now
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