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The Spin Newsletter, Issue 26, 16th May 2012

Seeking Palestine: New Palestinian Writing on Exile and Home

Seeking Palestine: New Palestinian Writing on Exile and Home, edited by Penny Johnson and Raja Shehadeh, brings together a wealth of personal stories, humourous, intimate, reflective and intensely political. They show us what it was like to grow up in a stateless and transitory Palestine and what it's like to return, with a heart full of joy and pain.

As Ahdaf Soueif, Man Booker Prize Finalist for The Map of Love says  —How can an essentially sad story give such pleasure? The answer is in these narratives: these stories, memoirs, poems are a pleasure and an education: personal, vivid, original, sometimes witty, always accomplished, always honest. They are a testimonial to the human spirit, and to the growing contribution of Palestine to literature.

Merlinda Bobis is performing River, River based on her recently released book Fish-Hair Woman, it draws on storytelling, drama, poetry, ritual and music.
When: May 18th, 5pm
Where: Robert Gill Theatre, 214 George St, University of Toronto, Canada

Don't forget to check out Francesca Rendle-Short, author of Bite Your Tongue when she speaks at this year's Emerging Writer's Festival.
When: 12.30pm, Sunday may 27th
Cost: 475 and a conference pass
For more details check the EWF website.

Also at the Emerging Writer's Festival is Susan Hawthorne, author of Cow, she will be part of the Independent Publishing Panel.
When: 30th May, 4-6pm
For more details check the EWF website.

Susan Hawthorne, will be the feature poet at The Word Tree
When: June 2nd, 3 to 5pm
Where: The Burrinja Cafe, 351 Glenfern Road, Upwey, Victoria
For more details contact Jennifer on 97544658

International Women's Conference: Connecting for Action in the Asia-Pacific Region
If you're around Cairns or in need of some sun, head north to hear Spinifex authors, Susan Hawthorne, Betty McLellan author of HELP! I'm Living With a Man Boy, Helen Pringle contributor to Big Porn Inc and Coralie McLean contributor to Cat Tales: The Meaning of Cats in Women's Lives, amongst others speak at this years, International Women's Conference: Connecting for Action in the Asia-Pacific Region.
When: 14th to 15th June
Where: Pacific International Hotel, Cairns

Susan Hawthorne will be speaking at the International Festival of Literature in Translation —Why Translation Matters
When: 15th to 17th June
Where: Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria

Vandana Shiva author of Soil Not Oil: Climate Change, Peak Oil and Food Insecurity has been invited to be the keynote speaker at the International Federation of Home Economics, World Congress Global Wellbeing Conference. An activist and an intellectual, her tireless work has been recognised with the awarding of the Alternative Nobel Prize (Right Livelihood Award 1993), the UN’s Global 500 Award, Earth Day International Award, the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace 2009, Sydney Peace Prize 2010, and the Calgary Peace Prize 2011. Hers is a talk not to be missed.
When: 16th to 21 July
Where: The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Victoria

Sit back and relax while you listen to the special reading of Patricia Sykes latest book of poetry, The Abbotsford Mysteries on Poetica.

Susan Hawthorne has been elected to the Independent Publishers Committee of the Australian Publishers Association.

Publishers. Susan Hawthorne and Renate Klein received Lord Mayor's Commendation for Small Businesses in the City of Melbourne on 14 May.

Spinifex have sold the German translation rights of Beryl Fletcher's The Silicon Tongue, so hopefully it shouldn't be long before German readers can enjoy her work.

Big Porn Inc is now available in South Africa and can be ordered through Jacana Media, please contact them by email or + 27 11 628 3200

Check out this enlightening interview with Maria Mies author of the iconic The Lace Makers of Narsapur, here.

Watch Melinda Tankard Reist talk about Toddlers and Tiaras, the ugly truth with Michael Carr-Gregg on The Morning Show.

Check out a great review in Text, of Bite Your Tongue by Francesca Rendle-Short.

Fish-Hair Woman by Merlinda Bobis has received some great reviews, check out this one in The Canberra Times

For some insightful and political reading check out this review in The Rochford Street Review, which looks at the original publication of Finola Moorhead's Remember the Tarantella and the "institutionalised barriers to certain kinds of womens’ writing" that meant the book never enjoyed the success it deserved.

The Unfinished Revolution: Voices from the Global fight for Women's Rights edited by Minky Worden is now available. It has already received some great reviews following it publication overseas last month, check out this review in TrustLaw.

Our bloggers have been busy again and have been particularly inspired by Mother's Day, check out Vera Hartley's piece, 'A different take on mother's day', 'Mother's Dayt Gift Ideas' by Veronica Sullivan and Danielle Binks and Pauline Hopkins, 'Mother's Day: Without the Pedestal!'

Also Helen Lobato piece 'Limiting the Medicare rebate for genital sugery is a good move', makes for sobering but thought provoking reading as does author of Unmaking War Remaking Men, Kathleen Barry's piece 'Drones or boys and their toys: The USA's latest stretegy for unending war'.

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Spinifex Press Staff

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