Survey book win a Christmas surprise

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Kathleen and Borderlands were quick to thank Red Kangaroo Books owner Bronwyn Druce, a familiar face around the Red Centre, who was proud to support the Borderlands survey.

A $50 book voucher for completing the Borderlands literary journal survey has gone to Alice Springs author Kathleen Epelde …

For years, Kathleen Epelde wanted to write but didn’t know where to start.

Until she found her stride at a workshop in Sydney in 2000 with revered memoirist and teacher Patti Miller, an experience Kathleen writes of in a 2010 piece for the NT Writers Centre simply called ‘Why Write?’

With that stride came the sure knowledge that there was “no better feeling than finding words – the precise words – for those thoughts and feelings roiling around inside.”

Kathleen’s persistence won her an NT Literary Award the same year.

But perhaps all that was pipped this week when Kathleen won a $50 book voucher at Alice Springs’ Red Kangaroo Books for her part in the Borderlands literary journal survey.

The win came as a welcome surprise.

 “I’m thrilled to be the lucky winner of the $50 book voucher from Red Kangaroo Books!” 

A total of 139 people completed the Borderlands survey, which canvassed a range of views on developing a literary journal for the Northern Territory.

Ninety percent of respondents were in favour of the proposed journal, with 80% having read a literary journal before and half reading one monthly or more often.

A total of 109 people went into the draw for the book prize by leaving their email address at the end of the survey.

Including Kathleen.

“This is such a great idea to establish a literary journal of the Northern Territory. 

“Having our own journal will enable more voices from the Centre and the North to be heard in the rest of the country, telling our rich and varied stories about life in this beautiful, strange, and infinitely complex place — the so-called periphery. 

“Thank you for giving Territory writers the chance to have some input on how we envision a new literary journal. 

“And to Red Kangaroo Books, for the chance to win a prize for doing so.   

“I look forward to the pilot issue coming out next year.”