Borderlands is a 2018 strategic arts project jointly funded by Arts NT and Charles Darwin University, to develop a literary journal of the Northern Territory in three phases.
The first phase is to research and develop a sustainable business plan and format for the journal (Phase 1), secure funding for a 2019 pilot edition (Phase 2), and to plan for an ongoing publishing enterprise from 2020 (Phase 3).
Literary journals are an important component of Australia’s literary culture and can help to foster a range of Indigenous, non-indigenous and multicultural voices. However, the Northern Territory has no such platform, and its lack is a significant shortfall in the artistic lives of Territorians. This is especially significant at a time when public interest in literature is growing rapidly and Indigenous voices are achieving greater prominence, within the Territory and across the nation. Furthermore, with so many hopes, dreams and funding pinned to developing Northern Australia, Territorians remain bereft of a regular forum where creative and critical thinkers might evaluate the rhetoric that grand schemes such as ‘Develop the North’ can entail.
The proposed journal is for readers, writers, storytellers, artists, poets and critics, is non-academic, and intended to capture the culturally diverse voices of the Centre and North. Its format takes a broad view of storytelling with the aim of maximising audience reach and engagement, and to assure the sustainability of the venture in a small and challenging market.
The journal will take the very best from print and digital realms to offer a unique reading experience.
The project is being led from Alice Springs by long-time Central Australian writer and researcher Dr Glenn Morrison with a team comprising notable Darwin writers and researchers Dr Adelle Sefton-Rowston and Raelke Grimmer, reflecting a cross-Territory, inclusive and writerly aim for the project.