THOUGHT PIECE: In the lead-up to her wedding, Anna Koestenbauer reflects on the impact of COVID-19 on our fragile global inter-connectedness.
SHORT STORY: On a rainy day, Wafaa and Afsar wait for a bus home from the doctor’s.
POEM: Asha Naznin describes the tastes, textures and sights that have meant home to her as she has travelled all over in search of her dream.
MEMOIR: Jane Kelly Amerson López remembers her early days in a new Italian school – an American kid getting a handle on Italian dictation.
MEMOIR: In the midst of a bushfire-ridden Canberra summer, Dunja Kaczmarek traces her family’s past through treasured items.
YEAR IN REVIEW: Editors-in-Chief of be:longing, Dunja and Jasmine, reflect on the publication’s third year.
POEM: Abeir Soukieh describes the nostalgic potency of music shared across generations.
MEMOIR: A rail trip through Europe reminds Vesna Cvjetićanin of her childhood in Yugoslavia, spent daydreaming near the train tracks.
POEM: Verica Delova Srma describes the mixing of embers from her past and present that keeps a fire in her going wherever she is.
REFLECTION: Geetanjali Sharma grapples with her mum’s disconnection from her post-India world.