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To celebrate Spinifex Press’s 21st birthday, the publishers have invited Australian Women Writers to host a giveaway of the following books:

Kick the Tin by Doris Kartinyeri

Bite Your Tongue by Francesca Rendle-Short

Still Murder by Finola Moorhead
Fish-Hair Woman by Merlinda Bobis
My Sister Chaos by Lara Fergus

To enter, just leave a comment below and correctly answer the following quiz questions. (Comments will remain hidden from view.) Entries are now closed. 


Nic: Fish-Hair Woman

Tansy: Bite Your Tongue

Gillian: My Sister Chaos

Deb: Still Murder

Kandy: Kick the Tin

Method of draw: 

Each correct answer was counted for the draw (represented by a name in a hat). One name was drawn twice (Nic) and was discounted for a second win (apologies, Nic!). The person with the most correct answers was Margaret, but her name didn’t come out of the hat. 

Winners, please email Danielle Binks at digital@spinifexpress.com.au. Put ‘Aust Women Writers Winner’ in the subject heading, give your contact details, and state whether you’d prefer print or an ebook. 

Thanks everyone for entering! (And we can argue among ourselves over the correct answers for e and g.)

Any correct answer given will make you eligible for the draw; the more correct answers you give, the greater your chances of being selected. Comments will be moderated to allow time for as many people as possible to enter. This competition is open to international participants as well as Australian, with your choice of ebook or print copy. Competition will close at AWW’s discretion (when enough people have entered to make it competitive and the drawing worthwhile).

Note: Spinifex Press is a feminist publisher. Publisher Susan Hawthorne discussed their recent releases on the AWW blog here.

Note: The following answers (apart from the initially missing “e” and the last one, “q”) were supplied by Danielle Binks of Spinifex Press. Both “e” and “g” arguably have more than one correct answer.


a. Mother Theresa worked in which Indian city? A: Calcutta
b. The goddess Freya from Norway gives us which day of the week? A: Friday
c. What was it that Marie Curie discovered? A: Radium/Radiation
d. Who loved a sunburnt country? A: Dorothea MacKellare. Which early 20th-century Australian female poet and novelist, known as “The Rebel Girl,” joined the International Workers of the World?* A. Lesbia Harford (but there may be other contenders?)
f. Who was the first woman to attempt to fly around the world? A: Amelia Earhart
g. Who was the first Australian woman to be appointed to the cabinet? A: Susan Ryan (As the question didn’t specify which cabinet, Federal or State, this question may have more than one correct answer.)

h. I was born on 25 December 1933 at Echuca, Victoria, a member of the Yorta-Yorta tribe from the Murray River area. Amongst my ancestors were also the Wurundjeri people of the Melbourne area. When I was a child my family and I walked off the Cummeragunja Station to Mooroopna, and later Shepparton. I went to school in the Good Shepherd Convent in Abbotsford, Melbourne and later worked as a domestic at St Andrews Hospital. I married a Andrew Marimutha, a Malayan Indian, whose name we all shortened. I initiated the setting up of the Aboriginal Health Service and the Aboriginal Legal Service. I also set up Worowa Aboriginal College and later Worawa Primary School for younger children. I am well known for coauthoring the script of Women of the Sun. Who am I? A: Hyllus
i. A well-known figure in Sydney from the mid-twenties to the sixties, she was a voracious reader, often refused to pay cab fares, gave recitations of Shakespeare wearing a green tennis shade. In old age she claimed, ‘I have no allergies that I know of, one complex, no delusions, two inhibitions, no neuroses, three phobias, no superstitions and no frustrations.’ She is the subject of Kate Grenville’s novel, Lilian’s Story. What is her name? A: Bea Miles

j. I was born in Melbourne, Australia and moved to Britain during the 1970s.

My first book of poems was Hecate’s Charms. I have also written a novel, Between Friends and a book on the life and art of Dorothy Richardson. I have written widely on modernist women writers and on lesbian culture and lifestyle. In 1986 I co-authored a collection of poems with Suniti Namjoshi. Who am I? A: Gillian Hanscombe

k. Which Australian poet was taken to court by her ex-husband because of a poem? A: Dorothy Hewett

l. Australia’s best known Aboriginal poet is the author of We Are Going, The Dawn is at Hand, My People and Stradbroke Dreaming. What is her name? A: Oodgeroo Noonuccal (formerly Kath Walker)

m. What is the name of the book by Katherine Susannah Pritchard that centres on the life of an Aboriginal woman?A: Coonardoo (The Well in the Shadow)

n. Which writer left Australia and lived for many years on the Greek island of Hydra? A: Charmian Clift

o. Who am I? I was born in England and later came to Australia. My family ran a Quaker home for down-and-outs. I worked as a nurse, a real-estate agent and a teacher. My manuscripts were rejected for many years. I am now considered one of Australia’s finest writers. My name is . . . ? A: Elizabeth Jolley 

p. Tasma is the pseudonym of what Australian writer? A: Jessie Couvreur

q. Who is the woman in the following photo and what is she famous for? A: Louisa Lawson, famous for editing and producing The Dawn, Australia’s first journal produced solely by women.

Remember, the more answers you get right, the greater your chances of winning, but even one correct answer puts you in the draw.* Mea culpa. Question “e” was added after an early entrant pointed out it was missing. No entrant will be disadvantaged by the oversight.