Foreign Soil & Familiar Territory

Sunday, June 1, 2014
By: 
Maxine Beneba Clarke

Since my short story collection ‘Foreign Soil’ hit the shelves this May, many of the questions I’ve faced from readers have been around the research process for the book: how I was able to access the varied geographical locations, and tap into the local vernacular of a country, or region, or town. I myself am by no means a well-travelled person. Yet ‘Foreign Soil’ covers an extensive geographic distance: from the blue mountains region of Jamaica, to a Sudanese village, then on, to the fishing coasts of Sri Lanka via a Sydney schoolyard, the streets of Brixton, and a small town in the deep American south.

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