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Spinifex Press Newsletter
May 2017


Welcome to The Spin newsletter coming to you from Spinifex Press, the award-winning independent feminist press. This May edition brings the latest news and reviews plus our new book releases.

Our May Release We Go Around in the Night and Are Consumed by Fire has been longlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award

furious, tender and heartbreaking

This stunning literary debut by Jules Grant and voiced by a lesbian gangster Donna and her streetwise daughter Aurora, is steeped in the gang and gun culture of Manchester's criminal underworld. It is both an unforgettable love story and an unputdownable revenge thriller. A tale of friendship, survival and finding out how far you'd go to avenge and protect those you love, We Go Around in the Night and Are Consumed by Fire is a thrillingly original crime novel that unfolds at breakneck speed - at once furious, tender and heartbreaking.

Forthcoming Releases for the month of June


Lady of the Realm by Hoa Pham

Touched by the Lady of the Realm, Liên dreams of bones and bodies under the sea. The prescient warnings from the Lady weigh heavily on Liên, who is burdened by her inability to save everyone. But she knows that the Lady speaks most to those who listen.

Set against the background of the Vietnam/American war we follow Liên’s path across five decades that are punctuated by endless war and suffering.

Yet even in the most desperate of times, Liên refuses to be ruled by fear and anger and persists in her hope for a peaceful future.

In tender, lucid prose Hoa Pham distils painful decades of Vietnam’s past into a beautiful Buddhist story of hope, survival and the possibility of transformation for everyone.—Nicholas Jose, novelist.


Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed  by Helen Lobato

In Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed Helen Lobato argues that we do not know whether HPV vaccines will decrease the incidence of cervical cancer. What is emerging, however, is evidence of their harmful effects. In 2006, the experimental HPV vaccination program began and there have been at least 315 associated deaths and more than 50,000 adverse events following HPV vaccination. Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed documents the early history of cervical cancer and tracks its progression from a disease of obscurity to one of mainstream prominence.

A brilliant, well-researched exposé on the terrifying consequences of HPV vaccination for many children that will make all parents question its benefits.
Stephen Tunley, SaneVax.

June Book Launches

Hoa Pham's Lady of the Realm will be launched at Global Local: Sharing Stories With The World on Saturday June 3 at 12 PM, Eltham Library, Panther Place, Eltham.

The book launch of Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed is on Friday June 9 and will be launched by women's health researcher Dr Renate Klein at the Kathleen Syme library and community centre, 251 Faraday St, Carlton, 5 PM for 5.30 PM.

Book Reviews

The End of Patriarchy  by Robert Jensen

I recommend this book precisely because it is written by a man who reflects upon patriarchy as a social structure that dehumanizes both men and women, and who does so without asserting a false equivalence between men’s experiences and the threats that women face and the injuries we experience. — Heather Brunskell-Evans, Dignity


A Bit of Difference by Sefi Atta

A Bit of Difference makes a concerted effort to examine issues within the context of women’s relationship with the world. In doing this, the book seeks to build a gynaecocracy without pandering to popular beliefs about women…You should read A Bit of Difference for its drama and how it will remind you about bits of everything; about Lagos, about some kinds of women, and about some of our fathers.
— Olisa.Tv Staff

Author Events


Robert Jensen is in Australia this week. His tour starts with two appearances at the 2017 Sydney Writers Festival.

Friday May 26, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM. Sydney Writers Festival 'System Breakdown'.
Saturday May 27, 3-4 PM. Sydney Writers Festival 'Nevertheless, She Persisted'.

Here's a rundown of his other events while in Australia

Friday May 26, 6.30 PM. 'What needs to change: a conversation about men, women and culture'. Professor Robert Jensen in conversation with  Melinda Tankard Reist at The Independent Theatre - Wenona School in North Sydney. A Collective Shout event.

Monday May 29, 5.30 PM - 7pm 'Radical Feminism in a time of multiple cascading crises' Monash University, Clayton.
More info:

Tuesday May 30, 6.30 PM. In conversation with Victorian Women's Trust's Mary Crooks at Readings Bookstore, Carlton.

Wednesday May 31, 6 PM. As part of  the Bendigo Writers festival, Robert is giving a talk called 'Feminism – what’s in it for men?' to be held at The Capital, 50 View St, Bendigo.

Thursday June 1, 5.30-6.45 PM. Panel Discussion: 'What's the role of men in ending patriarchy' at building 80 @ RMIT – 445 Swanston Street Level 5, Room 1.

Sunday June 4, 2 PM. Launch of 'The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men' at the Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square.

Monday June 5, 6 PM. Robert is giving the World Environment Day speech at the University of Tasmania, Centenary Lecture Theatre, Grosvenor Street, Sandy Bay campus.

Tuesday June 6, 6 PM. Zonta International Hobart. 'Pornography and Prostitution-What’s Justice Got to Do With It?' Quality Hobart Midcity Hotel, 96 Bathurst St, Hobart
More info: email


Susan Hawthorne and Hoa Pham will be sharing their stories at 
Global Local: Sharing Stories With The World

Saturday 3rd June
10 AM - 4:30 PM
Eltham Library, Panther Place, Eltham

12 pm – Translation and Play & Eltham Launch of Lady of the Realm. Translation is like poetry, it allows for a playful mind and a playful approach.

Dr. Susan Hawthorne, author of Cow, Lupa and Lamb will talk about the Sanskrit practice of shlesha, the ability to say multiple things at once. She will also talk about her experiments in imaginative translations that she created for her book Lupa and Lamb. Hoa Pham, author of Lady of The Realm and Wave will discuss the ramifications of having her work translated into Vietnamese in Vietnam and the loss of potential audiences if translations don’t take place because of political embargoes.



Best Regards,
Spinifex Press Staff

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