Founded in 2010 by Catherine Lewis, Wild Dingo Press is committed to publishing the stories of individuals quietly doing extraordinary things, be it exposure of corruption and systemic flaws or the experiences of the disenfranchised, disempowered and dispossessed. ‘It’s a privilege when someone comes to me with their precious story that needs an airing – not only for their sake but to illuminate issues and themes that, while belonging to their personal experience, have universal relevance and implications,’ Catherine says.
Shedding light on social issues and sharing the rich cultural output and traditions of those oft-discussed but denied a voice, Wild Dingo Press publishes memoir, narrative non-fiction and investigative journalistic non-fiction that challenge readers and enrich them personally, intellectually and emotionally.
Catherine goes on to say, ‘It’s particularly gratifying when courageous and extraordinary women, so many of whom are unsung and unrecognised, are prepared to share their stories with us – and with you, the reader – as have our three wonderful women writers: Ann Fogarty, Jill Sanguinetti and Julie Szego.’
The Tainted Trial of Farah Jama by Julie Szego
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2015 VICTORIAN PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARD
In this fascinating insight into the Victorian legal system, renowned journalist and lawyer Julie Szego shows how the quest for justice can go terribly wrong. When a young Somali man is convicted then acquitted of a rape crime, Szego asks and answers the pertinent question: how did this happen? Touching on issues of migration and cultural taboos, prejudices and gender politics, and the techniques of modern policing with its reliance on DNA, Szego brilliantly pieces together this case.
School Days of a Methodist Lady: a journey through girlhood by Jill Sanguinetti
When a country girl is uprooted from Kyabram and send to boarding school in Melbourne, her life is turned upside down. As she leaves behind all that is familiar and safe for a strange new world with its own set of rules, the adjustment is tumultuous. In this engaging account of life in the 1950s, Jill shines a light on the difficulties faced by all young people as they grow up: working out when to follow the rules and when to break them. Honest and moving, this is above all a story about growing up.
Forged With Flames by Ann Fogarty and Anne Crawford
Winner: 2013 Australian Christian Book of the Year
In 1983, the Ash Wednesday bushfires left Ann Fogarty with life-threatening burns to 85% of her body. In this incredible account, Ann tells us what happened on that tragic day and how she managed to find the strength to keep living. A moving, inspiring account of survival and the resolve that it takes to keep facing new challenges, even decades on. A book that will make you weep and laugh and encourage you to hope.
To thank the AWW blog for hosting Wild Dingo Press, we’d like to give away two copies of Julie Szego’s book The Tainted Trial of Farah Jama (recently shortlisted for the 2015 Vic Premier’s Literary Award!) to two lucky readers.
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Danielle Binks is a Melbourne-based blogger, editor and aspiring writer of young adult fiction. She is also publicist for Wild Dingo Press.