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New literary journal to capture NT’s essence

Borderlands general editor Glenn Morrison
Borderlands general editor Dr Glenn Morrison

The first edition of a homegrown literary journal that offers Northern Territory writers, artists and poets a new forum for thought and expression will be published online next week.

General editor Dr Glenn Morrison said Borderlands was a storytelling publication that would foster a unique Territory voice.

“It’s a non-academic publication that will capture some of the essence of the Territory and our experience of living in it,” Dr Morrison said.

“This first online pilot edition will carry diverse content including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and audio and video pieces that take advantage of the digital environment.”

Dr Morrison, of the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education said that he and literary colleagues – Dr Adelle Sefton-Rowston from Charles Darwin University’s College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society and Raelke Grimmer from the College of Education – had been overwhelmed by more than 120 submissions from about 60 contributors.

“There was so much good material: visual art, digital stories and prison poetry among them. We’ve selected the best for the online edition, striking what we think is a balance between some renowned published authors and some emerging writers who show great potential.”

Borderlands will be launched in the NT Library and Archives, Parliament House, on Wednesday, November 13, where award-winning Territory author and CDU doctoral candidate Marie Munkara will deliver the Association for the Study of Australian Literature Patrons Lecture.

Borderlands online: W: Borderlands.cdu.edu.au