North of the Border Book Review - A Matter of Time
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North of the Border Book Review

First interview and story about “North of the Border: Stories from the A Matter of Time Project.”

The book, “North of the Border,” has been reviewed by Tony Moore of the Brisbane Times. Tony popped round last week for a very enthusiastic interview and chat about the book, which focuses on the historical Queensland lesbian experience – a first in Australia. Here’s some of what Moore writes about “North of the Border”:

“It’s a historical story, it’s a love story and it’s a Brisbane story.

It’s a story telling how hard it has been for gay women to tell their stories of their homes, of their workplaces, of their lives on the weekend in the same way heterosexuals take for granted.

Homosexuality was only decriminalised in Queensland in 1991. That means it was literally a crime to be gay in Queensland until 1991. South Australia had made homosexuality legal in 1972.

Queensland made the change almost 20 years later, after the Bjelke-Petersen government was replaced by the reforming Wayne Goss government.

Interestingly it has taken an “outsider”, Heather Faulkner, a Canadian photo-journalist – who has gently persuaded the women to come out and tell their story after moving to Queensland with her partner and enduring her own experiences in Brisbane’s gay community.”

Thanks to journalist Tony Moore of the Brisbane Times for the story, and to Carol Lloyd, for her gracious involvement and comments.

The Brisbane Writers Festival was our first opportunity to present the book to Brisbane, and it went very well with A Matter of Time Project participants Lyn Fraser, Val Windsor and Gai Lemon in attendance. I’ll be working with local community to put an official launch together in November or early December. Watch for notifications on our Facebook Page: A Matter of Time Project: Documenting the Qld Lesbian Experience on Twitter (@HAFOTO) and here on the website.

The book is available from publisher, University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP) and can be purchased from Dymocks, Mary Ryan’s and other Australian book sellers.

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