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Spinifex Press Newsletter
Issue 68, March 2016

Welcome to the March edition of The Spin

This year 2016 is a very exciting year for us- It's our 25th Anniversary.
Spinifex Press is celebrating 25 years of feminist publishing.

Publishers of Spinifex Press: Renate Klein and Susan Hawthorne

Hawthorne told Books+Publishing the publisher counts among its biggest achievements its balance of local and international titles, its rights sales and work with international publishers, and ‘keeping ahead of the cultural curve both in terms of the content of our books and our technological initiatives with websites, interactive fiction and ebooks’.

Spinifex’s plans for its anniversary year include a conference in April in conjunction with RMIT called ‘The World’s Oldest Oppression’, which will include the launch Prostitution Narratives: Stories of Survival in the Sex Trade (ed by Caroline Norma and Melinda Tankard Reist); a event in September called ‘That’s Feminism’; and several other yet-to-be-announced plans.

Forthcoming Title

Prostitution Narratives: Stories of Survivial 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 Launch


Prostitution Narratives edited by Caroline Norma and Melinda Tankard Reist will be launched by Julie Bindel, UK journalist, broadcaster and author.
Hear from survivors of the sex trade, and abolitionist activists including Rachel Moran, author of Paid For. My Journey Through Prostitution.

Sunday April 10
Upstairs, DiMattina's bar and restaurant
306 Lygon St

Book Review

The Mad Poet's Tea Party


Sandy is one of my all-time favourite poets and I admire her talent and courage immensely. For as Sandy puts it in “Dangling” ‘we dangle from a thread of sanity while madness snaps at our heels’ but it hasn’t stopped her from offering the very best of herself and we are the richer for her persistence over the years. Jean Taylor, Sinister Wisdom

Forthcoming Events


The World's Oldest Oppression - 2 Day conference for a world free of sex trade abuse

Saturday April 9 and Sunday April 10

RMIT University

Emily McPherson Building

405 Russell St


This conference includes the launch of our forthcoming title:

Prostitution Narratives on Sunday April 10 (see details above)

Spinifex News

Spinifex Press has sold film rights to ‘Alice in Larundel Land’ from The Mad Poet’s Tea Party  (Sandy Jeffs).

Wave an elegant story of love and mythology written by Hoa Pham and published by Spinifex Press will be made into a movie by Australia's Vue group.



Congratulations go to Merlinda Bobis for her new award. The Golden Bikolnon Service for Bikol Award for her achievements in Literature and the Performance Arts from the Ateneo de Naga University. Merlinda is the author of many books by Spinifex, her latest is Locust Girl: a lovesong

Author Events

Spinifex authors Renate Klein, Penny Mackieson and Sandy Jeffs represented Spinifex at a special IWD event at the North Melbourne Library- March 8.
It was a well attended and very interesting night.

Forthcoming Author Event

Outstanding poet Sandy Jeffs is a guest at the forthcoming Clunes Booktown Festival

Date: April 30
Time: 3PM
Place: The Warehouse


eBook News

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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