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The Spin Newsletter, Issue 34, February 2013
Blue and Other Stories by Suniti NamjoshiBlue and Other Stories

In this delightful children's book, two internationally acclaimed artists collaborate to create the enchanting Blue and Other Stories. Suniti Namjoshi, fabulist and poet brings both depth and lightness of touch. Playful and gentle these timeless stories effortlessly traverse layers of myth to speak to readers of all ages. Nilma Sheikh's paintings hang in galleries all over the world. Her sensuous colours and delicate textures match and enhance Suniti's nuanced writing. Blue and Other Stories is the type of book you buy as a gift, to give to a child, a friend or as a special gift to yourself.

A Handwritten Modern Classic

If you've never had a chance to read A Handwritten Modern Classic by Finola Moorhead then you're in for a treat. This trippy handwritten manifesto will have you thinking and chuckling at the same time. Written in late 1977, it is a window into that time. Finola writes about protestors clashing with police over freeways, about political change and conservatism. She criticises Malcolm Fraser, wonders what love can do for her and has much to say on writers and writing. Come and listen to Finola as she discusses the story behind this unique work, which has been out of print for well over a decade.
When: Thursday, March 14th, 6 for 6.30pm
Where: Collected Works Bookshop, Nicholas Building, Level 1, 37 Swanston Street Melbourne
Launched by: berni m janssen

A Handwritten Modern Classic

Melinda Tankard Reist editor of Big Porn Inc and Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls
will be talking on the sexualisation of children.
When: Tuesday 26th February, 6.30 to 9pm
Where: Burgmann Anglican School, Forde Campus, Corner Francis Forde Boulevard & Hurrell Streets, Forde, Canberra
For more details

If you love non-fiction poetry, or any poetry for that matter, make a night of it at the launch of Rabbit Issue #7. There will be readings by several poets, including Susan Hawthorne who will be performing her entertaining and thought provoking poem, 'slut but but'. Watch this great performance of the same poem on YouTube
When: Tuesday, 26th February 6pm
Where: Embiggen Books, 197-201 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

The organisers of the Stella Prize have just announced their award night. We'll be there in support of our entry Fish-Hair Woman by Merlinda Bobis.
When: Thursday 18th April, 6.15 to 7.15
Where: Wheeler Centre, Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
This is a free event but bookings essential

Nilanjana S Roy in the Business Standard takes a look at feminist literature in India and has high praise for The Fabulous Feminist by Suniti Namjoshi.

Somak Ghoshal reviews The Fabulous Feminist by Suniti Namjoshi in Live Mint. He writes 'Shocking, comical and sobering, these stories straddle Alice's wonderland and Kafka's nightmare-land.'

Read another great review of The Fabulous Feminist in the Women's Web.

Unspeakable: A Feminist Ethic of Speech
by Betty McLellan was reviewed in Me, You, and Books. Marilyn the author of the review asks readers to grab a copy and join her in an online discussion over the next few months.

Blue and Other Stories by Suniti Namjoshi is praised in The Hindu and for another great review check out Me, You, and Books

Vandana Shiva author of Making Peace with the Earth is interviewed by Robin Morgan for the Women's Media Centre.

Read an in-depth review of Big Porn Inc: Exposing the Harms of the Global Pornography Industry edited by Melinda Tankard Reist and Abigail Bray in Metapsychology

Continuing to be read and discussed The Abbotsford Mysteries by Patricia Sykes is reviewed in Cordite Poetry Review.

A Bit of Difference by Sefi Atta was reviewed by David Maine from PopMatters. He writes, 'Sefi Atta deserves attention, both for what she says and for how she says it.'

Read an interview with Sefi Atta about A Bit of Difference in This Day Life and in Business Day

Akintayo Abodunrim describes the Lagos launch of A Bit of Difference to a packed house in the Nigerian Tribune.

Ceilia A. Ojany reviewed Everything Good Will Come by Sefi Atta, in PEN. Cecilia writes 'Sefi Atta's debut novel is a moving and delightful read that leaves you with that increasingly effervescent but surely wonderful feeling of hope.'

If you've ever wondered what radical feminism means or you just want to know more about it, then listen to Betty McLellan as she introduces the subject, Part one & Part two

'Global Women of Color, 2013: Reading Challenge' is a reading challenge set up by Marilyn Dell Brady. Spinifex has compiled an impressive list of books to get you started.

In 'Violent Economic "Reforms", and The Growing Violence against Women' Vandana Shiva discusses the gang-rape and murder of the young woman in Delhi arguing that the rape of the earth and the rape of women are intimately linked.

'Alleged-Attackers, Sex-Pests and Sexual Assault' by Danielle Binks examines the inconsistency in the News media when naming sexual crimes against women. Resulting in the media naming perpetrators and their crimes how they see fit.

Farida Akhter shares her thoughts on the '1 Billion Rising' campaign in 'Eve's Monologue undermines women's movement'

'Remembering the Canberra Fires: Being there' by Julie Lewis is a chilling read. From Julie's point of view we see how terrifyingly fast fire moves and how the warnings don't always come.

In 'Why and how I wrote Unmaking War Remaking Men' Kathleen Barry describes the impetus behind the writing of this book.

'One Billion Rising: Imperfect, but don't discard it' by Danielle Binks looks at the 'One Billion Rising' movement and argues that imperfections aside it is still a worthwhile movement.

'Friends at the wrong time' by Susan Hawthorne is a piece by one of the 1 in 3 women who are raped in their lifetime. Susan looks back at herself as an eighteen-year-old grappling with friendship and entering an adult world that can at times be brutal.

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