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API Book Review Issue 44, July 2006

True North: Contemporary Writing from the Northern Territory
Marian Devitt ed, Darwin, Charles Darwin University Press, 2004

ISBN 1 876248 91 2
162 pages, paperback, $19.95

Writers from the Northern Territory have always punched well above their population weight in the wider literary world. In the freshness of their writing, their veracity, and their willingness to tackle substantial matters, the writers gathered here remind us why.

Works by Kathryn Brewer, Nina Brown, Mary Anne Butler, Jo Dutton, Robin Hardiman, David Jagger, Karen Manton, Mitch, Angela Schoen, Leni Shilton, Sandra Thibodeaux, Edward Tilton, Michael Watts, Linda Wells, Alan Whykes, Jacquie Williams and Susan Wills.

Curtin University of Technology

Order True North from Charles Darwin University Bookshop online ISBN 1876248912 or from the Northern Territory Writers’ Centre.

Unleashing a storm of words

By Flora Liveris
Picture: Clive Hyde
Northern Territory News Saturday, May 29, 2004

A book that gives voice to 17 Territory writers will be launched today.

True North is a collection of fiction, poetry and non-fiction from authors in the NT.
The launch is part of the NT Writers’ Festival Wordstorm.

The event is at the NT Museum and Art Gallery lawns from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. It will include an introduction from acclaimed Australian author Peter Goldsworthy.

True North includes Susan Wills’non-fiction story Plastic Bags on the Fence, poetry by Michael Watts, Angela Schoen’s The Third of Everything and Kathryn Brewer’s Corpse Flower.

A number of activities, workshops and events are on this weekend as part of Wordstorm.

Author Jacquie Williams will launch her book Cyclone Child at the Museum lawns at 2pm today. Williams has been a member of Darwin’s writing community since 1996.

Screenwriter for multi-award-winning film Lantana, Andrew Bovell, and TV writer Ian David, will present a question and answer session at the Deckchair Cinema at 7.30pm today.

Bovell will chat with David about Lantana and its development into a feature film.

Wordstorm wraps up tomorrow with forms, reading and workshops. A final concert at the Museum and Art Gallery will feature Shellie Morris and Neil Murray.

Order True North from Charles Darwin University Bookshop online ISBN 1876248912 or from the Northern Territory Writers’ Centre.

Kids to treasure book of Territory tales, poems

By Eric Tlozek
Northern Territory News, Tuesday, June 1, 2005

Cane toads, tree frogs, crocs and Territory life all feature in a new collection of writing for NT kids.

Territory Treasures, an anthology of stories and poems, includes work from new and established Territory authors.

Contributor Gay Morris said the work was based on subjects Territory kids could identify, like crocodiles or wet season stories.

“It was an opportunity for NT authors to write with a Territory flavour,” she said.

The name of the book is taken from on of Mrs Morris’ poems, four of which feature in the collection.

The anthology includes pieces on moving to the Territory from a big city, dealing with the Territory’s unique environment and haiku poems on NT wildlife.

More than 120 people submitted work for the collection with pieces from 29 writers making the final product.

The work of Territory artist and illustrators also feature in the book.

Darwin teacher Susan Wills said her piece in the anthology Night of the Macassans, was inspired by her experiences on Groote Eylandt.

“I like the breadth of children the book covers,” she said.

“Kids can dip in and out of it depending on what they are interested in.”

Territory Treasures cost $20 and is available from the NT Writers’ Centre, Frog Hollows Centre for the Arts, in Darwin city.


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