Headspace: Vinton Poon


Headspace: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department write about a place or space they go to write, read, study or create. [Read all entries.]  [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.]


I often suffer from insomnia.

Part of the reason, I believe, is that I have a “wandering mind”. While I am not a keen traveller, my mind likes to shove a load of random thoughts into its rucksack, and voyage through the abstract universe of knowledge. The mind is not the most accommodating when it comes to taking a rest. When I am lying down on my bed and closing my eyes, my mind will open the mental door for a journey, and in the process, deny my body the rest it needs and deserves.

I always thought my mind was by nature a little too restless, until I realised that, whenever I undertake research, I pile up books and papers on the bed.

With these mountains of words and phrases in full view, it’s no wonder my mind enjoys hillwalking.


VintonJust like an average person, Vinton Poon assumes many different identities. To name a few (not in any particular order), he is a son, a lecturer, a badminton enthusiast, an extrovert, an elder brother, a debating coach, a semi-Buddhist, an academic, a friend, a hypochondriac, a volunteer, and a pursuer of good tea. [Click here to read all entries by Vinton.]

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