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Spinifex Press Newsletter
July News
Issue 72, 2016

Welcome to the July edition of The Spin newsletter from the award-winning independent
feminist press. This edition of the Spinifex Press newsletter includes an invitation to join us in celebrating  25 years of feminist publishing.

September 9-10
Lithuanian Club
44 Errol St
North Melbourne

This event includes a celebratory night of performance followed by a day of radical feminism in action

Want to be involved?

Are you a radical feminist, political or creative and have something to say?
Get along to 'That's radical feminism' on Fri 9 September.
We are looking for 10-minute presentations. They can be political rants, philosophy, poetry, music, art or a good story. If you want to speak (or sing or perform) send us a proposal by 5 pm Wed 3 August.
We will choose those that excite us most. As well as your proposal, please include:
your name
email address
if you have a website or Facebook page please include
One or two sentences on why radical feminism is important to you.
If we select your proposal we will ask you for a 50-word bio note and a recent photo.

Forthcoming Book Release
August 2016

The new edition of Holding Yawulyu: White Culture and Black Women's Law

by Zohl dé Ishtar

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. This 2016 edition contains a new preface by the author.

Broome Event

Red Dirt, White Culture & Black Women's Law
As part of the Corrugated Lines Festival

Saturday August 6
3.45 - 4.45 PM
Short Street Gallery
3 Hopton St

Author News


Author Sefi Atta, is longlisted for the Nigeria Prize for Literature, for A Bit of Difference

Her books include Everything Good Will Come which won her the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa, 2006.

Book Launch


Adelaide launch of Prostitution Narratives coming up on July 31
Belgian Beer Cafe - SA - 27-29 Ebenezer Place, Adelaide, SA
Speakers include the editors: Melinda Tankard Reist and Caroline Norma along with some of the survivors whose stories are in Prostitution Narratives.

Author Events

It was an enjoyable afternoon for the large number of us who attended The Big Poetry Read at Collected Works Bookshop in Melbourne on July 9. Ten wonderful Spinifex Poets read their work and inspired the audience.


Winner of the 2016 Christina Stead Prize for Fiction for Locust Girl Merlinda Bobis in conversation with Susan Hawthorne at Readings Carlton on July 11.


Publisher and Co-editor of Radically Speaking: Feminism Reclaimed  Renate Klein, feminist activist Crista Gekas, and publisher and author Susan Hawthorne in discussion about this extraordinary collection of feminist writing at a Feminist Forum held at RMIT on July 12.

Forthcoming Author Events

Francesca Rendle-Short, author of Bite Your Tongue and Imago is taking part in
'Women of Letters' on July 31 at 3 PM and will join other wondrous women such as Benita Collings, Toni Jordan, Dr Kate Drummond and Neda in penning 'A Letter to My Ticking Clock'.

The Thornbury Theatre
859 High St,
Thornbury, VIC 3071

Susan Hawthorne will be taking part in the 2016 Cairns Tropical Writers Festival

Saturday August 13

11.45 - 12.30 - Panel Discussion 'Future of Australian Publishing' 

2.15 - 3pm - Performance 'Cyclones'

12. 45 - 2pm - Performance 'Poet's Picnic'

Sunday August 14

1.30 - 5pm - Masterclass 'Why Poetry'

Feminist Writers Festival

August 26

Feminism and Publishing - With Susan Hawthorne (Spinifex(Press), Zoya Patel (feminartsy) and Marisa Pintado (Hardie Grant Egmont)

Feminism through Fiction - With Emma Ashmere, Merlinda Bobis and Anna Spargo

What is feminist writing? and finding your feminist voice
- With Lian Low, Emily Maguire and Jean Taylor


Melbourne Writers Festival

Many Spinifex authors will be taking part in MWF 2016

August 27

Melinda Tankard Reist (Prostitution Narratives: Stories of Survival in the Sex Trade) and Ruth Wykes (Invisible Women: Powerful and Disturbing Stories of Murdered Sex Workers) explore the devastating impact of prostitution on the lives of sex workers. With Meagan Tyler who is a contributor to Prostitution Narratives and Big Porn inc.

September 2

Bibliodiversity How do publishers shape the face of diversity in books? Indian feminist publisher Urvashi Butalia, Spinifex Press’s Susan Hawthorne author of Bibliodiversity and YA publisher Marisa Pintado discuss the importance of bibliodiversity, giving a behind-the-scenes look at how publishers curate stories and storytellers from different walks of life. Urvashi Butalia is a Spinifex author and a contributor to September 11.

September 4

Jordie Albiston - Poetry of the Self

Francesca Rendle-Short - Queer Literary Salon


Spinifex Press is really pleased to annunce that several of our former employees and colleagues are on the MWF program this year and include Nikki Anderson,
Danielle Binks, Jo Case and Christine Gordon.

Canberra Writers Festival 

August 27 

The Poetics of Politics: Spinifex poets: Lizz Murphy and Susan Hawthorne – National Library

What is to be learned from the Hindmarsh Island Bridge: Diane Bell – National Portrait Gallery

In Conversation: Merlinda Bobis

August 28

On Prostitution: Sex Trade as Violence Against Women: Melinda Tankard Reist





Best Regards,
Spinifex Press Staff

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