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Spinifex Press Newsletter
Issue 67, February 2016
Welcome to the February edition of The Spin packed with news, reviews and forthcoming events.

Our first piece of exciting news is that this year Spinifex Press celebrates 25 years of feminist publishing. On the 21st February 1991, Renate Klein and Susan Hawthorne began publishing their innovative and controversial books including specialist books on topics such as pornography, globalisation, women’s health, and racism, among others.
Well done Renate and Susan!

Spinifex Press is an award-winning independent feminist press that publishes innovative and controversial feminist books with an optimistic edge. The brainchild of Susan Hawthorne and Renate Klein, it offers over 200 titles in print, with more than half available as eBooks. Ta Trammell, LOTL

See also Independent feminist publisher Spinifex Press by Camilla Patini in Feminartsy

Forthcoming Release


Prostitution Narratives: Stories of Survival in the Sex Trade
Edited by Caroline Norma and Melinda Tankard Reist

For too long the global sex industry and its vested interests have dominated the prostitution debate repeating the same old line that ‘sex work’ is just like any job. In large sections of the media, academia, public policy, government and the law, the sex industry has had its way. Little is said of the damage, violation, suffering, and torment of prostitution on the bodies and minds of mostly women and children, nor of the deaths, suicides and murders  are routine in the sex industry. Edited by Caroline Norma and Melinda Tankard Reist, Prostitution Narratives documents the reality of prostitution revealing the cost to the lives of women and girls.

Book Reviews


Haifa Fragments
by khulud khamis

Haifa Fragments is a book of hope, delusion, and pain; it is a most welcome addition to Palestinian literature, especially as it sheds light on subjects often considered taboo. It must be read by anyone who wants to understand the social and cultural mechanism of a fragmented society that lives under several layers of oppression, both old and new. Mahmoud Muna, This Week in Palestine


Lupa and Lamb
by Susan Hawthorne

The tone of this text is optimistic. “One by one, change comes” This hope is helped along by the fine dashes of humour that spice this serious book. Susan Pyke, Plumwood Mountain


The Coral Battleground
by Judith Wright

Read as history, the book is a guide to what territory was covered, a clue to what needs to be watched in the future – and a testimonial to the many many people who worked toward what they had hoped would be a lasting solution.Mary Cresswell, Plumwood Mountain

The Mad Poet's Tea Party
by Sandy Jeffs

It’s clear poetry is Jeffs’s world; it permeates ordinary human existence, doing its best to withstand insanity and capitalism. Michael Farrell, The Australian

Author Events

Publisher and author Susan Hawthorne gave a keynote at the recent 'Women Leaders in Peacebuilding and Rebuilding Lives' conference at the Sison Auditorium, Lingayen, Pangasinan, Philippines.

Melinda Tankard Reist, co-editor of Big Porn Inc and contributing authors to this anthology Caroline Norma and Helen Pringle participated in this important conference on Pornography and harms to children and young people held in Sydney.


Forthcoming Events

International Women's Day event at the North Melbourne Library
March 8
Features a panel discussion:
What's the future for women?
Panel members: Authors-Renate Klein, Penny Mackieson and Sandy Jeffs
Refreshments included.

Caroline Norma, co-editor of our forthcoming title Prostitution Narratives and Rachel Moran author of Paid For are taking part in The World's Oldest Oppression, a 2 day conference for a world free of sex trade abuse.
April 9 and 10 at the Emily McPherson Building, RMIT University, Melbourne.

Perverse Serenity
by Robin Rowland

On the 8th March the Sappho poetry night held in Glebe, NSW, will include poet Robin Rowland. Robyn has written twelve books, nine of poetry.


Spinifex Press titles are now available through the Spinifex website. If a book is available as an eBook you can see next to the cover Instant Download and, where the price is listed, a link to the download. Please note that just as we respect the copyright and moral right of our authors in print version, we expect purchasers to do the same and treat each download ethically. Please do not break this trust. Spinifex is an unfunded independent feminist press which depends on reader's support through purchasing our books and eBooks.

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Spinifex Press Staff

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