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The Spin Newsletter, Issue 18, 9th August 2011

When acclaimed novelist, Christina Stead, challenged Finola Moorhead to write a book with no men in it, the result was an inventive narrative structure of wondrous prose which went on to become an Australian feminist classic.

A playful, mythical and magical book, Remember the Tarantella has just been re-released. This new edition includes cover art by Suzanne Bellamy (“Starship” porcelain 1989). As well as an Afterword and an interview with the author and novelist Sue Woolfe about the writing of Remember The Tarantella, complete with diagrams and extracts from early drafts. (The interview was first published in Making Stories: How ten Australian novels were written by Sue Woolfe and Kate Grenville, A&U, 2001.)


In September we have two new releases, Big Porn Inc: Exposing the Harms of the Global Pornography Industry and Bite Your Tongue. The former is an international collaboration with over thirty contributors and experts from Australia and overseas. It is a fearless book and bond to change the way you think about pornography. The latter is memoir/fiction and a story of great heart and humour. There will be plenty happening in several states around the release of both these titles so stay tuned. Details of confirmed launches listed below:

Bite Your Tongue
Melbourne launch
Tuesday 20 September
Readings, Carlton

Canberra launch
Thursday 29 September
Electric Shadows Bookshop

Big Porn Inc
Melbourne launch
Launched by Clive Hamilton
Thursday 15 September
Readings, Hawthorn

Perth launch
Thursday 22 September
Venue to be confirmed

The Melbourne Writers' Festival is nearly upon us. Check out the Spinifex authors participating in 2011.

Carmel Bird (contributor, CyberFeminism)
Andrea Goldsmith (contributor, Motherlode)
Emily Balou (contributor, A Girl's Best Friend)
Robyn Rowland (author, Perverse Serenity)
Judy Horacek (Life on the Edge)
Gig Ryan (contributor, Second Degree Tampering)

Eltham Bookshop and Machan Restaurant invites you to a night of sumptuous food and poetry to celebrate India's Independence Day. Susan Hawthorne will be one of three poets on the night.

where: Machan Restaurant, 953 Main Road, Eltham
when: 15th August
cost: $20
bookings: ph: 9439 8700 or 9439 0088

Spinifex author Abigail Bray will be speaking at Fremantle's Socialist Alliance and Resistance event on Saturday August 20: "Raunch Culture" and Women's Liberation. 

Collected Works Bookshop is holding a poetry benefit. Check out the Spinifex poets featured. 

Patricia Sykes' work Performing the Belly is being read on ABC RN radio's Poetica on September 3rd.

Susan Hawthorne will be appearing in two events at the Brisbane Writers Festival: A Greek Tragedy: Collision of the Ancient and Modern World and Losing Language, Losing Knowledge.

Susan Hawthorne will deliver the key note address - Publishing Change see Bibliodiversity - for the Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers Inc.


Spinifex Press would like to congratulate all the winners in this year's Dobbie Literary Awards. Our very own Lara Fergus was nominated for her debut book, My Sister Chaos. Due to prior commitments, Lara was unable to attend on the night. Susan Hawthorne travelled up for the event and Lara's mother was presented with a certificate on Lara's behalf.

Spinifex Press would like to apologise to Suzanne Bellamy for failing to acknowledge her cover artwork for Finola Moorhead's Remember the Tarantella. The credit should read: Cover art by Suzanne Bellamy "Starship" porcelain 1989.

We would also like to make the following acknowledgements:
Cover design by Deb Snibson, MAPG
Typeset by Palmer and Higgs
Printed by McPherson's Printing Group


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Best Regards,
Spinifex Press Staff

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