Published in Overland Issue · Uncategorized Introducing Overland 232 Jacinda Woodhead ‘Once upon a time, there was a first sentence. I wasn’t sure what to write after that.’ There isn’t a contributor here (or perhaps anywhere) who wouldn’t concur with Mel Campbell’s sentiment on beginnings. All the columnists in this edition muse on startings and endings. How do we begin anything, asks Campbell. What if endings are no longer quite so … final, asks Giovanni Tiso. Kestrels, disenfranchisement and the lives of dogs preoccupy Tony Birch. Alison Croggon remembers that when she was four, a witch flew out of her ear. Often the process of assembling a magazine is an act of collage – seek out stories, poems and essays, arrange, rearrange, glue. Individual works reference each other, and the world external, too. We hope that these shapes, sounds and lines of imagery and contentions disrupt assumption, dichotomies and landscape, and make room for new permutations. Because of Bella Li’s astonishing art works, I have been thinking a lot about collage. A magazine like Overland is not strictly collage, of course. We are not only ‘showing’ (hello, Walter Benjamin); our writers are making arguments about our histories and present. Obviously, Li’s art would be impossible without the work of many other artists – a notion examined by Rebecca Giblin in her critique of copyright, fair use and the public good. AS considers artists too, in terms of their responsibilities in depicting precarity – as we enter an age where precarity is unlikely to end. This new age is something Elise Klein studies in detail in her case for a basic income. Jessica Zibung and Nell Butler interrogate reactions to ‘otherness’, defined here as being mixed-race or homeless. There is also Joanna Horton’s provocative polemic against apologising for privilege – or health care. Elsewhere, Carol Que documents a series of refugee rights protests at the NGV, which resulted in the gallery severing its ties to Wilson Security; the essay illustrates how critical organising will be in ending the detention industry. Finally, from Australian colonialism to Israel’s approach to the desert, Barbara Bloch’s account of the Jewish National Fund’s decades-long attempts to grow forests in the Naqab/Negev, and thus erase any existence of the Bedouin people who reside there. Read the rest of Overland 232 If you enjoyed this piece, buy the issue Or subscribe and receive four outstanding issues for a year Jacinda Woodhead Jacinda Woodhead is a former editor of Overland and current law student. More by Jacinda Woodhead › Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 4 December 20234 December 2023 · Climate politics Where is the Australian climate movement’s solidarity with Palestine? Alex Kelly Let this be a line in the sand. Let us learn our history. Let us listen to liberation movements around the world. Conflicts for land and water will shape the decades to come. Showing up for each other and building power to demand justice is our only hope for a humane future. First published in Overland Issue 228 1 December 20231 December 2023 · History ‘We’re doing everything but treaty’: Law reform and sovereign refusal in the colonial debtscape Maria Giannacopoulos I coined the concept of the colonial debtscape while working to understand the relation between debt and sovereignty in the wake of the 2007 Global Financial crisis. Despite the referendum held in Greece in 2015 where the people voted against austerity, austerity as punishment, was imposed anyway. As this was a colonising move, that is, the imposition of an external and foreign law on local populations against their will, it was to Aboriginal scholars here that I turned to begin to put the pieces together. Overland’s free fortnightly newsletter highlights the best of Overland online, new writing from the print journal, and regularly collates writing events and opportunities in the community. Sign up to the newsletter No, thanks!