Reviewed by John Ruhle.
WHAT A great little book!
This country anytime anywhere is a collection of short stories and poems, some translated from language written by first time Indigenous authors from the Northern Territory.
The stories are fun, insightful, heartfelt, revolving around country and full of a depth of meaning that comes from being intimately connected to country and kin.
The stories represent good news stories in that they are written by authors who were encouraged and tutored to tell their stories through a series of workshops across the Northern Territory.
They are also good news stories because they help maintain an ancient and wonderful culture through telling stories in language and they are good news stories because of the hope, integrity and worth they give to the first time authors and also us as readers.
As the foreword says, “The multilingual aspect of this anthology is groundbreaking.
With eight NT Indigenous languages as well as English included, some of the strength and beauty of NT Aboriginal languages is conveyed.”
I highly recommend This country anytime anywhere to anyone wanting a good read, a bit of a chuckle and an insight into one of the oldest cultures and peoples on this planet.