Journeys to the Interior is a book that delves into the world of the Northern Territory. Having lived in Darwin, the Northern Territory is a place that is held in my heart.
Nicholas Rothwell's writing is engaging and informative. He talks about places, times and people who are particular to Darwin and the Territory. He speaks through his own experiences of what he saw, heard and felt when he lived up there.
I was impressed that he picked out individual leaders in the arts, dance and other creative industries. Think the Yununpingus and several other famous artists. He took the time to explore the colours of their lives.
There were some aspects of his writing that clearly showed his bias and lens of an eastern Australia living in the remoteness of the NT. From living up there and hanging out with locals, I know that some of his spins on it just wouldn't fly in the territory (nor are particularly accurate). And he is entitled to his opinion.
His references to sparse and empty wastelands were also not so endearing. As for me the emptiness is not a wasteland but filled with life and colour; one just has to look a bit closer to see it all. He showed that there are many descriptions that are not fitting to describe the remoteness and culture of the lives and loves of quintessential remote Australia.
A great book to read to get some insights into the lives, arts, and culture of the NT.