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The Spin Newsletter, Issue 37, June 2013
Blue and Other Stories by Suniti Namjoshi
Come and join us in Eltham for the launch of Blue and Other Stories by Suniti Namjoshi. This special event, Storytelling in Blue: Tales from India, is hosted by Spinifex Press and Eltham Bookshop as part of the Yarra Plenty Regional Library's 5th Annual Booklovers' Festival. Award winning author and poet Patricia Sykes will be one of the storytellers for the afternoon, reading from three of Spinifex's children's books. All with an Indian theme.
When: Sunday 21st July, 3-4pm
Where: Eltham library
Free event but please book: 03 9439-9266

The cold and drizzly Melbourne night didn't stop the launch space at Readings Hawthorne from filling up. Everyone was eager to hear about Invisible Women of Prehistory by Judy Foster with Marlene Derlet. It was a wonderful night and we were lucky enough to have a panel of inspirational speakers, here's Chris Sitka speaking on 'True History of the World'

Susan Hawthorne and Judy FosterInvisble Women of Prehistory launch

All that was missing from the launch of Limen by Susan Hawthorne was one of the stars of this enchanting novella, Freya the dog. Andrea Goldsmith gave a warm and entertaining launch speech, followed by a reading from Susan. We were lucky to have the artist Jeanné Browne present, her artwork is dotted throughout the text.

Author Susan Hawthorne and artist Jeanné BrowneAndrea Goldsmith and Susan Hawthorne
Author Susan Hawthorne and artist Jeanné Browne       Andrea Goldsmith and Susan Hawthorne

Poetry Workshops with Patricia Sykes.
The author of The Abbotsford Mysteries Patricia Sykes will be running workshops at the North Melbourne library. This is a great opportunity for aspiring poets to learn from an expert. The workshops are free but please book.
Where: North Melbourne Library
When: June 26th, July 10th and July 24th

Local Women Writers is hosted by North Melbourne library. Susan Hawthorne has been invited to do a poetry reading and speak about her latest book Limen.
When: Tuesday 30th July, 7pm
Where: North Melbourne library (more details in July newsletter)


Spinifex books have been receiving some great reviews.
Judy Foster author of Invisible Women of Prehistory is interviewed on 3RRR's 'Aural Text' The program runs for about two hours and you can catch Judy one hour into it.
The Fiji Times Online have published a synopsis of the Town of Love by Anne Ch. Ostby
Valence: Considering War through Poetry and Theory by Susan Hawthorne was reviewed in the Rochford Street Review
Limen by Susan Hawthorne was reviewed in Me, You, and Books and in Whispering Gums
Francesca Rendle-Short author of Bite Your Tongue was interviewed by Kate Evans for Radio National's 'Books and Arts Daily'
Rachel Moran author of Paid For is interviewed alongside a fellow ex-prostitute on Queensland's 96.5 discussing 'The truth about the Worlds oldest profession'. Paid For is also reviewed in the Age
The World According to Monsanto by Marie-Monique Robin is reviewed in eWordNews
Susan Hawthorne author of Limen speaks to the Australian Women Writers Challenge about 'The forgotten women's writing Festivals' that were once held in Australia.
Melinda Tankard Reist editor of Getting Real talks on the Sexualisation of Children to Growing Faith. Melinda is a founder of Collective Shout which protested the visa application of US rapper Tyler, the Creator on the grounds that his lyrics incite violence against women, read an article in The Age about events at the concert and surrounding it. The Australian examines the abuse dished out to Melinda Tankard Reist for her stance as an anti pornography campaigner and the lack of accountability for the abusers, 'Unkindness of Strangers'.
Vandana Shiva author of Making Peace with the Earth discusses ending our separation from the earth on this YouTube video. And read an article by Vandana in 'Move over, God, The Biotech Companies Are Here'
Konnect Africa has published a piece about Sefi Atta, author of A Bit of Difference
Zohl De Ishtar author of Holding Yawulyu: White Culture and Black Women's Law writes another fascinating entry on her blog, 'On the Eve of the Dreaming Track Trip'

"The Women's Liberation Movement in the 1970s led to all sorts of intellectual pursuits, one of which was to ask whether patriarchy had been around for ever. Was it universal and inevitable? We fairly quickly understood that it hadn't been..." To read more of this fascinating blog by Susan Hawthorne, check out 'The Politics of Patriarchy'
Nia Thomas's piece reviews 'The Invisible Men Project', which aims to expose the truth behind purchasers of sex.

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