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Spinifex Press Newsletter
Issue 71, 2016
Welcome to the June edition of the Spin Newsletter from the award-winning independent
feminist press with details of our new titles, book reviews and events. Please keep a lookout for details of our forthcoming events celebrating our anniversary of 25 years of feminist publishing.

Forthcoming Release
August 2016

Holding Yawulyu: White Culture and Black Women's Law

by Zohl de Ishtar

This second edition of Zohl de Ishtar's book with a new preface is dedicated to Yintjurru Margaret Anjule Bumblebee Napurrula who, though living with diabetes and having her leg amputated in 2007, bravely remained an inspirational leader among the Elders until her untimely death on 8 September 2011. Unpacking White cultural practices, Holding Yawulyu explores the extraordinary difficulties which Indigenous women face when they attempt to maintain and pass their cultural knowledge, customs and skills on to their children and youth.

Book Reviews

Prostitution Narratives

Compiled by feminists Caroline Norma and Melinda Tankard Reist, the curtain is yanked back and what it reveals is not a pretty sight. Exploitation, trafficking, violence, degradation, depression, drug and alcohol addiction, suicide and murder are part of the territory – not to mention the misogynistic and sadistic nature of the “punters”. Judith Baragwanath, North & South Magazine

I'm so grateful these women survived and I am in awe of their courage in telling their stories in Prostitution Narratives. I'm grateful to the editors, to Rachel Moran, and to Spinifex Press. I encourage women to take this book and not just read it, but deploy it. Carolyn Gage

Nous voulions créer un espace où les survivantes pourraient partager leurs témoignages, tout en révélant la réalité de l’exploitation commerciale du sexe et en rendant visible les souffrances qu’elle leur avait causé. Melinda Tankard Reist in an interview in Revolution Feminista


Adoption Deception

by Penny Mackieson

An impassioned statement about the dangers of an Australian policy that could put the needs of couples seeking to adopt children from other countries above the actual needs of the children involved...I recommend this book to all those involved in discussions and decision-making about children potentially taken from their birth mothers. MdBrady, Me, You, and Books



Town of Love

by Anne Ostby

Warning: These books are not for the faint of heart. Some of what is revealed most of us never heard before. Never even thought about it. It will sound quite unbelievable, even with our own American history of centuries of the ultimate trafficking in human flesh. Alice Walker


Author Events



Winner of the 2016 Christina Stead Prize for 'Locust Girl', Merlinda Bobis (fourth from left) at the recent Philippine Heritage Day event held in Canberra.

Forthcoming Events

The Spinifex 25 Years Big Poetry Read


Saturday 9 July at 2.30 PM

Nicholas Building

First Floor

37 Swanston St




Readings Carlton - Monday 11 July, 6 for 6.30 pm

Join Merlinda Bobis, winner of the 2016 Christina Stead Prize for Fiction in conversation on Locust Girl a Lovesong with Spinifex publisher Susan Hawthorne.



Feminist Forum - Radically Speaking: Reclaiming Feminism 20 years on

Tuesday 12th July, 2016, 6-7 pm
SAB (Building 80) @RMIT - 445 Swanston St
Level 3, Room 15 (80.03.15)

The forum will bring together some of the contributors, editors, and publishers, to discuss the impact of the book and the relevance of these ideas today.

Radically Speaking: Feminism Reclaimed

Edited by Diane Bell and Renate Klein


25th Anniversary Events 

Next month The Spin will bring you details of our forthcoming events along with details of how you can be involved.



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Spinifex Press Staff

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