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The Spin Newsletter, Issue 56, April 2015

Congratulations to Spinifex Publishers, Susan Hawthorne and Renate Klein who are the proud recipients of the 2015 George Robertson Award for service in the publishing industry. A recipient of the award must have more than 30 years of service in the publishing industry, be respected among colleagues and members of the industry, and to be currently employed in the publishing industry, or recently retired. Both Susan and Renate are both actively involved in the day to day running of Spinifex Press, an award-winning independent feminist press which has been publishing innovative and controversial feminist books for twenty-four years.

Well done, Susan and Renate!


Bibliodiversity: A Manifesto for Independent Publishing

by Susan Hawthorne has now been translated and co-published by 5 publishers into Arabic: Med Ali (Tunisia), Atlas Publishing (Syria), Dar Al Farabi (Lebanon), Al Intishar (Lebanon), Elain Publishing (Egypt).


Haifa Fragments
by khulud khamis

Have a read of Sara Dowse's fine review of 'Haifa Fragments' by khulud khamis. If you haven't read this novel yet, this review will give you reasons to do so.

...Haifa Fragments is a special book, a novel set as the title suggests in Haifa, a city where I spent time a while back, on a subject that has been dear to my heart for over a quarter of a century. Sara Dowse

NEW MAY RELEASE- Just in time for Mother's Day

The Floating Garden
by Emma Ashmere

Emma Ashmere has written a compelling and lyrical novel of a rough and ready Sydney that is in the throes of rapid change; a town where the spiritual is necessary but corrupted, and where sexual lives remain hidden even from those in the grip of desire.

Sophie Cunningham, author of Geography and Bird


Lupa and Lamb
by Susan Hawthorne

Hawthorne's artistry spins the silken strand that connects women and their achievements throughout time. Donna Snyder, El Paso Times

Haifa Fragments
by khulud khamis

An interesting review of Haifa Fragments

With her debut novel Haifa Fragments, Palestinian Slovakian writer khulud khamis pens a compulsive narrative that examines the complex of nationality, gender, sexuality, religion and culture in Palestine
Peter Cherry, The Electronic Intifada


Saturday, 02-May-2015 11:00 am

The Floating Garden

Where :
The Bookshop Mullumbimby 39 Burringbar Street, Mullumbimby.
To be launched by Sarah Armstrong


From left: moderator Retna Hanani, Kyoko Yoshida from Japan; Anne Ostby, Norway; Zubaidah Djohar, Indonesia; and Kyung SaGong, South  Korea.

Anne Ostby, author of Town of Love, a raw and gripping story that is guaranteed to leave you breathless, took part in a panel discussion of "Women and Literature" on Saturday, March 21st at the ASEAN Literary Festival, held in Jakarta. Co-panelists were Indonesian Zubaidah Djohar and Japanese Kyoko Yoshida. The central theme for this year's festival was the need to challenge what are considered the norms of today: consumerism, information technology, and social media, which have to a great degree altered the lifestyle and way of thinking in Indonesia and the other ASEAN countries. In this vein, the motto for the 2015 festival was a proud and ambitious one: "Questions of Conscience".


Author of The Wounded Breast, Evelyne Accad has received the Takrim I'lam al-Thakafyah fi Lubnan wal Alam al Arabi: Honor of Cultural World of Thinkers from Lebanon and the Arab World award in recognition and in honor of Lebanese and Arab thinkers for the year 2015.  The ceremony took place at the Cutural Center of Antelias in Lebanon with many dignitaries and intellectuals, including Georges Corm, a well-known and reputed intellectual and ex-minister of finance in Lebanon.


An exciting May event - Lovers of poetry and nature are in for a real treat at the 2015 Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival with the inclusion of Dr Susan Hawthorne.

Susan Hawthorne is the author of six collections of poetry, two chapbooks and a verse novel as well as a novel and three works of non-fiction.

Best Regards,
Spinifex Press Staff

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