Borderlands is a project to create a print and online literary journal by Territorians, for Territorians. Australian literature is largely created and published along the eastern seaboard or in metropolitan centres, reflecting one kind of experience of Australia. Yet Australia is a vast, multicultural nation.
In the Northern Territory, a quarter of the population were born overseas, and almost a third are Indigenous. Additionally, the Territory’s isolation from the rest of the nation and proximity to Asia contribute to the Territory’s unique lifestyle. These are stories that need to be told. Currently, writing about the Territory is often undertaken by non-Territory writers, who cannot bring the necessary insider perspective to such stories and ideas.
A core aim of the journal is to showcase storytelling not only in text, but also through photojournalism, oral storytelling, images and video. The journal will take the very best from print and digital realms to offer a unique reading experience. A dedicated Territory literary journal would benefit the local community by creating a dedicated platform to showcase Territory storytellers and the Territory to a national audience. Furthermore, Territory writers will have a local opportunity to be paid industry rates to sustain their arts practice.
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.
To date, the project has been made possible with the support of ArtsNT, Creative Partnerships Australia through their MatchLab program, and the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society at Charles Darwin University.