Much to please

Townsville Bulletin - - NQ Life - edi­tor Mary Ver­non Mal­colm Tat­ter­sall

Is­lands LiNQ Vol­ume 37 JCU, $ 30 LiNQ ( Lit­er­a­ture in North Queens­land) is our very own lit­er­ary jour­nal, pub­lished by JCU since 1969. This is the third is­sue edited by Lind­say Simp­son and Vic­to­ria Kut­tainen, and they in­vited Deb­o­rah Jor­dan and Fiona McKean ( both of UQ) to act as guest ed­i­tors. The re­sult is a hand­some 200-page vol­ume of work in var­i­ous gen­res with a world-wide range but an em­pha­sis on Aus­tralia and the Pa­cific.

Spi­ralling out­wards from home ter­ri­tory we have Ni­cole Crowe’s rec­ol­lec­tions of her semi-wild child­hood on Mag­netic Is­land, Su­san Man­wor­ren vis­it­ing Fan­tome Is­land ( once a leper colony) in the Palm group, and Vance and Net­tie Palmer on Green I sland i n 1932. Rachael John­son re­mem­bers her child­hood in Rabaul as a lost, mag­i­cal time, while other first-per­son ac­counts cel­e­brate the South Nep­tune Is­lands off the South Aus­tralian coast.

Sarah Drum­mond vis­its Break­sea Is­land off the West Aus­tralian coast and tries to re­cap­ture the lives of the seal­ers and the Abori g i nal women t hey a b - ducted as ‘ is­land wives’ in the early 19th cen­tury. For- mal aca­demic con­tri-bu­tions in­cluded is-cus­sions of colo­nial­ism in t he Pa­cific, Koestler’s au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal writ­ing, and par­tic­i­pa­tory pro­cesses for deal­ing with cli­mate change.

Is­lands con­tains a dozen short po­ems, most of them as vivid and di­rect as one could wish, and two ex­cell ent magic-re­al­ists hort sto­ries. There are also three book re­views: an odd and rather prob­lem­atic re­view of one edi­tor’s Hon­ey­moon

Dive by her co-edi­tor, and two fic­tion re­views.

This is­sue of LiNQ is avail­able from Mary Who book­shop and from the web­site at http:// www. linq. org. au/. It con­tains much to please any­one with an ac­tive mind – but a few mi­nor dis­ap­point­ments, too. One of them, es­pe­cially given that most of the jour­nal’s fund­ing ap­pears to be lo­cal and that its name sug­gests a re­gional fo­cus, is the short­age of lo­cal con­tent.

The theme of the next is­sue is ‘ Gen­er­a­tions’. If lo­cal scriven­ers be­gin sharp­en­ing their quills now, per­haps they will be bet­ter rep­re­sented in that is­sue than in the present one. Sub­mis­sions are due by June 30, de­tails can be found on the web­site.

In a word: Archipelagic.

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