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The non-place paradox states that such zones appear universal, and transcend culture, because everyone is equally alienated by them. It’s in their loneliness, in other words, that we all feel at home. But this couldn’t explain the beggars living in the car park of the student supermarket. Mine workers walked along the national route every day, memorising speckles of tarmac like constellations: to them, surely, the space of the highway held more meaning?Caitlin Stobie
Can you feel more at home in a foreign country that you own? Caitlin Stobie explores identity, crossed roots, non-places and Covid-19 in this touching non-fiction piece.
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Spaces / Places was first published in written form by SPROUT.
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About Caitlin Stobie
Caitlin Stobie was born in South Africa and lives in Leeds, where she is currently researching planetary health and poetry. She teaches creative writing at Leeds Arts University and is an editorial assistant at Stand.
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