"An adventure, a home, a new skin to slide into and claim as my own…”
In writer Rijn Collin’s VOICE, a moving, honest and, at times, darkly humorous three-part memoir, we meet a young Rijn on a personal journey of discovery; a poignant search to find and accept herself. Rijn’s hunt takes her to faraway lands – from Melbourne to Belgium and Iceland (and back again), from drinking cherry beers on medieval cobblestone streets to gazing at the Northern Lights knee-deep in snow in places where "roads are rerouted to avoid underground elf homes.” Punk to paganism, snow and solitude to cheery Irish pubs, Rijn knocks on the doors to belonging, identity and love through the power of language and words and her innate desire to understand both herself and others. Drawing on Rijn’s linguistic background in Flemish, Irish and Icelandic, VOICE is both a curious tour of foreign places and words as well as a triumphant journey to the heart and light.
96 page paperback
178mm x 108mm
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Rijn Collins is an award-winning Melbourne writer with a passion for tales of the odd and obsessive. Over one hundred of her short stories have been published in anthologies and literary journals, broadcast on Australian and American radio, and performed at literary festivals.
Forever drawn to the cold, the quiet and the quirky, Rijn is deeply interested in the links between identity and isolation, inspired by writing residencies in remote villages in Iceland and Finland.
Her travels, and the stories she draws from them, have been enriched by fifteen years’ experience as a language teacher, but also by her decades of paganism, through which she always endeavours to find the light, even in the darkest of places. Her debut novel will be published in 2022 by Scribner.
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