Call for contributions

The Reimagining KAVHA research team are co-creating ‘zines’ – DIY public history booklets – with the Norfolk Island community. We have published the first zine in this series, See You at the Paradise, which you can download here.

We aim to publish several more zines over the course of the project, each focusing on different aspects of life in Kingston. Below, you will find a call for contributions to these zines. As the project progresses, we will add additional calls for contributions. There will also be opportunities to participate in workshop events where community members can collaborate with the researchers to create content for the zines.

Call for contributions – Mais Daun’taun

‘What does Daun’taun mean to you?’

The Reimagining KAVHA research team invite community members to contribute to our next zine, Mais Daun’taun

The Mais Daun’taun zine will produce a record of everyday life in Kingston as it is experienced in the present, but will also capture living memories of the past and hopes for the future. The zine is a place for your memories, feelings and local knowledge about Kingston.

Do you have photos of Kingston to share? Stories from working Daun’taun or playing among the ruins? Memories of Anniversary Days, holidaying in Kingston from ‘Up Country’ or planting pines behind Emily Bay? Whatever it may be, we want to hear from you! Every story, every keepsake, no matter how small or seemingly ordinary, highlights something important about how Kingston is remembered and lived.

What did Daun’taun mean to your ancestors?’

Did earlier generations tell you stories about what growing up in Kingtson was like for them? What role has Kingston played in the life of people at different stages of the Pitcairner settlement? What would your great-grandparents, or your great-great-grandparents, think of Kingston today? The zine will feature reflections on how Kingston has changed over time and what that has meant for understandings of local identity and culture.

What future do you want for Daun’taun?

In addition to memories and stories of the present and past, the zine will also capture your hopes for the future. What are your perspectives on heritage management in Kingston? What is done well, and what could be done differently? If you were in charge, what would your priorities be?

Contributions can be emailed to ReimaginingKAVHA@gmail.com. We are also happy to receive handwritten contributions and can arrange to collect these from you – just drop us an email. In addition to memories and reimaginings, feel free to send in creative submissions – poetry, short stories, short play scripts, song lyrics, drawings, sketches, comics, etc. We would also love to include your photos, which can be emailed if you already have a digital version or we can meet with you to digitise your photos or other artefacts to reproduce in the zine (copyright allowing). Contributions can be in Norf’k, English, or a combination of both. Contributors will retain copyright of their contribution.

If you would prefer, you can ask to meet with a member of the research team who can record you talking about your memories and these will then be transcribed for inclusion in the zine. In particular, we are keen to do ‘walking interviews’, where we walk (or drive) through KAVHA while you point out what is important to you and your family. 

The first volume of Mais Daun’tan is now available. We are still accepting contributions for subsequent volumes.

CLOSED: Call for contributions – See you at the Paradise (Zine #1)

‘Do you remember the Paradise Hotel in Kingston?’

The Reimagining KAVHA team invite you to share those memories in the zine See you at the Paradise. The zine will produce a record of the Paradise site (also home to the Oceanside, and before that the Dewville) which celebrates its place in Kingston’s history. 

Perhaps you have photos to share or other mementos? Maybe you have stories from working behind the bar or performing music for patrons? Or maybe you have memories of having drinks with friends and finding love on the dance floor. Whatever it may be, we want to hear from you! 

We are also keen to include recollections of the removal of the Paradise in the 1980s. Do you remember it being torn down and carted away? Do you have a piece of the Paradise on your property from when parts of it were removed from Kingston? 

We also want to include contributions from people who don’t remember the Paradise Hotel, but who have fond memories of using the area where the Paradise once stood. Perhaps you saw in the last New Year at the picnic site! Those stories are important too.

‘But what if the Paradise was never removed?

In addition to memories of Oceanside and the Paradise, the zine wants to also capture ‘reimaginings’. What would KAVHA be like if the Paradise was still there? What would the Paradise look like now? What would its role be in Kingston? Would it still be a hotel or might the building have been used for something else if it was still standing today? Would the Paradise be ‘heritage’?

Contributions can be emailed to ReimaginingKAVHA@gmail.com. You can also ask to meet with a member of the research team who can record you talking about your memories and these will then be transcribed on your behalf. We are also happy to receive handwritten contributions and can arrange to collect these from you – just drop us an email. In addition to memories and reimaginings, we are happy to receive creative submissions – poetry, short stories, short play scripts, song lyrics, drawings, sketches, comics, etc. We would also love to include your photos, which can be emailed if you already have a digital version or we can meet with you to digitise your photo(s) or other artefacts to reproduce in the zine. 

Contributions can be in Norf’k language or in English, or a combination of both. Contributors will retain copyright of their contribution.

Call for contributions has closed. Click here to see the final product of this zine.

Frequently asked questions

What kind of copyright license applies to my contributions to the project zines?

Each contributor holds copyright to their submitted piece(s). Contributors can also republish their contribution(s) without permission from the research team.  The zines will be published using the following Creative Commons copyright license: Creative Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA). This form of Creative Commons copyright license lets other entities remix, adapt, and build upon your contribution(s) to the zine(s) non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under identical terms. It is therefore one of the more restrictive Creative Commons licenses in terms of how other people can go on to use your contribution.

Can my contributions to the project be in the Norf’k language?

Absolutely! We welcome contributions to the zine in Norf’k, English, or a combination of both. We also encourage the use of Norf’k during interviews. To accomodate this we will be appointing a researcher to the team who is fluent in speaking and transcribing Norf’k and translating Norf’k to English. 

Is a zine like a book?

Each zine we produce for the project will have an ISBN – an International Standard Book Number. This means each zine we produce for the project is identified as a book and will be legally deposited in the National Library of Australia and the State Library of New South Wales. A copy of each zine will also be deposited in collections on Norfolk Island (e.g. Norfolk Island Living Library, Norfolk Island Historical Society, NIRC Public Library, KAVHA Research and Information Centre).