Much to please
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.