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The Spin Newsletter, Issue 19, 9th September 2011
Lots of exciting stuff happening at Spinifex over the next few weeks: the much anticipated Big Porn Inc and Bite Your Tongue are both being launched around the country. There’s been plenty of interest from media and some lively discussions are already taking place. Both books are now available and to order your copy follow the book links.


Big Porn Inc
Melbourne launch
When: Thursday 15 Sep, 6 for 6.30 pm
Where: Readings Bookshop, Hawthorn
No bookings required, free event

Perth launch
When: Thursday 22 Sep, 1-2pm
Where: Level 2 Foyer, Parliament House
RSVP: by 20 September 9398 3800 or

Check the website for more details on Sydney and Brisbane launches in October.

Bite Your Tongue
Melbourne launch
When: Tuesday 20 Sep, 6 for 6.30pm
Where: Readings Carlton
No bookings required, free event

Canberra launch
When: Thursday 29 Sep, 6 for 6.30pm
Where: Electric Shadows Bookshop, Braddon
RSVP: or 02 6248 8352


Bite Your Tongue has been getting some great advance reviews, check out these ones from Readings and Overland. Also this heartfelt piece in Axon by Francesca Rendle-Short on the writing of Bite Your Tongue. Spinifex Press also published Francesca's first novel, Imago whic one ACT Book of the year Award in 1997.     

Big Porn Inc is out and causing quite a stir: ABC Religion & Ethics website posted an edited extract from Helen Pringle’s piece, The Porn Report: A studied indifference to harm and an edited extract by Melinda Tankard Reist & Abigail Bray, Nothing Radical About Mass Market Masturbation. Cordelia Fine wrote this fabulous, thought-provoking piece in The Monthly, The Porn Ultimatum: The Dehumanising Effects of Smut. Melinda Tankard Reist featured on ABC’s The Drum and The Weekend Australian magazine published an extract from a personal story included in Big Porn Inc, The Impact of Pornography on My Life. And finally, this erudite piece from Helen Pringle on Online opinion: Pornography: Who’s sleeping with whom?

Stay tuned for more, like Melinda Tankard Reist appearing with fellow panellists, including Germaine Greer, on ABC’s Q&A, Mon 12 September.  


Feminist Forum is hosting two exciting events in September and October:

Big Porn Inc: Exposing the Harms of the Global Pornography Industry
When: Tuesday 13 Sep, 5:30 - 7pm
Hear three contributors from this ground-breaking work speak on their topic, Dr Meaghan Tyler (Spectacular Sex? Pornography and Sex Therapy Collide), Professor Sheila Jeffreys (Live Pornography: Strip Clubs in the International Political Economy) and Dr Renate Klein (Big Porn + Big Pharma: Where the Pornography Industry Meets the Ideology of Medicalisation)

When: Tuesday 4 Oct, 5.30-7pm
Dr Renate Klein will speak about Australian and International developments in surrogacy.

Where: Faculty Function Room, 5th Floor, John Medley Building, University of Melbourne. For further information about this and other lectures in the series, please contact Sheila Jeffreys,

The 7th Annual World Matters Festival 2011
Come down to beautiful Montsalvat in Eltham over the weekend of the 15th and 16th October to hear some of Australia’s finest writers speak on matters close to their heart. Spinifex author, Francesca Rendle-Short is taking part in a session titled Family Disturbances. For further information click on the link for more details.

Patricia Sykes author of The Abbotsford Mysteries (available October) is launching Diane Fahey's The Wing Collection, New & Selected Poems (Puncher & Wattman) as part of the Australian Poetry Symposium weekend in Newcastle
When: Saturday 1 Oct, 3:15-3:45pm
Where: Hunter Room, Newcastle Town Hall.

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Best Regards,
Spinifex Press Staff

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