Dr Raelke Grimmer is a writer, analogue photographer and linguist living on Larrakia Country in Darwin, Northern Territory. She writes creative nonfiction, young adult fiction and poetry. Her creative nonfiction has been published in Australian literary journals Griffith Review, Westerly, Kill Your Darlings and Meniscus, and her poetry was shortlisted for the Poetry Award in the 2023 Northern Territory Literary Awards. Raelke is a founding editor of Northern Territory literary journal Borderlands, a journal publishing the very best of Northern Territory and First Nations storytelling in all storytelling formats. She was a 2023 participant in the Australia Council and Creative New Zealand's Digital Fellowship Program, where she worked on a digital audiovisual storytelling project using the sounds of analogue technology. She lectures in Creative Writing and Applied Linguistics at Charles Darwin University.
Jennifer Pinkerton is an environmental journalist and photographer. She’s written stories and journalism for The Guardian, National Geographic, the UK Telegraph, The Courier Mail, The Canberra Times and Qantas Magazine, among others. Her first non-fiction book, Heartland, was published in 2022. Jennifer has worked as a federal press gallery gofer, a features editor for Pacific Magazines, and as an editor and writer on art, architecture and women’s titles. She’s helped launch live story-telling events, including the Top End’s SPUN: True Tales Told in the Territory and Canberra’s first language party – celebrating the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages. She’s exhibited her photography in Perth, Canberra and Darwin, and teaches media studies and journalism at Charles Darwin University.
Dr Adelle Sefton-Rowston is a senior Fulbright scholar and Discipline Chair of the Humanities at Charles Darwin University. She lectures in Literary Studies and teaches creative writing to system-impacted women in Darwin Correctional Precinct. Adelle is a founding editor of the Northern Territory literary journal Borderlands Magazine. Adelle is a broadly published essayist, poet, and literary critic. Her debut book ‘Polities and Poetics: race relations and reconciliation in Australian literature’ (2021) is published by Peter Lang. Adelle has a long and respectable literary history in the Northern Territory – she is the former president of the Northern Territory Writer’s Centre Board of Management and three times consecutive winner of the Northern Territory Literary Awards essay prize.
Matilda Colling is a young aspiring writer armed with deep passion for equality and providing a voice for the disenfranchised. As Matilda grew up, she discovered a strong sense of self when connecting with her family as a Yorta Yorta woman. In 2022 she entered her Bachelor of Arts and she continues to write various forms of media.
Anna-Rita Fauid is a proud Porumalaig woman belonging to the Kulkalgal people from central Torres Strait. She is currently in the final year of studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Communication and Literature at Charles Darwin University externally.
Amy Davidson lives in the Barossa Valley with two axolotls, a cat, and her husband. She loves storytelling in all its forms and has a special interest in interactive narrative. She’s currently studying an Arts Degree at CDU and hopes to one day write the next big Aussie video game.
Emily Hutchinson is a first year Bachelor of Arts student at CDU. Although she lives in Adelaide, The Territory has become her second home and she proudly champions everything that makes The Territory fabulous. Being a part of Borderlands is a great privilege and she looks forward to magnifying Territory and First Nations voices.
Craig McNamara moved to Darwin almost 20 years ago to manage the iconic Mindil Beach Markets and never left. More recently he has been involved with the Railway Club and Darwin Festival for the past 10 years and is currently studying a Bachelor of Humanitarian and Community Studies at Charles Darwin University with the aim of giving something back to the Top-End community that has given him so much over the past two decades.
For external advice and mentoring we are deeply indebted to:
- Catherine Noske Editor of Westerly
- Julianne Schultz Publisher Griffith Review
- Catriona Menzies-Pike Editor Sydney Review of Books
- Jonathon Green, Editor Meanjin
- Glyn Davis CEO, Ramsay Foundation
The project has been made possible so far with financial and in-kind support from:
- Copyright Agency
- Arts NT
- Creative Partnerships Australia through their MatchLab program
- Regional Arts Fund
- College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society at Charles Darwin University
- Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
- NT Writers Centre
- True North Communications
- Red Kangaroo Books Alice Springs
- NT Library & Archives