Collection Library News

New in May

This week we have new books from two independent Australian publishing companies,  Spinnifex Press and Wakefield Press.

This Intimate War Gallipoli/Canakkale 1915

ICLI Disli Bir Savas: Gelibolu/Canakkale 1915

Robyn Rowland, Author – Dr Mehmet Ali Çelikel, Translator

Robyn Rowland’s poetry has been featured on Australian and Irish national radio programs, and published in national and international journals, including more than forty anthologies.

Cover of This Intimate War by Robyn RowlandPublished in English and Turkish, This Intimate War Gallipoli/Canakkale 1915, (Spinifex Press), is now available at The Women’s Library, Newtown. These poems tell of men and women whose lives are caught up in the First World War, and the book the book finishes with a poem on women’s friendship 100 years after the war. 

Stories of Australian, Turkish and Irish men and women in these poems show the intimate nature of war; ‘not from the perspective of victory but from the perspective of those caught up in war, who, whichever side they were on, lost. –Lisa Gorton

Robyn Rowland’s website | Review of This Intimate War Gallipoli/Canakkale 1915
(previously published by Five Mile Press)


Cover of Big Rough Stones

Big Rough Stones

Margaret Merrilees

This third book by Margaret Merrilees is a story of community, friendship, sisterhood, and the coming of age that continues all our lives.

It was a strange experience reading this book. I felt split. Between now and then. Between memory and reality. Between reality and fantasy, I felt a cleaving in my mind, to quote Emily Dickinson. –Chia Moan

Margaret Merrilees website


All library members can borrow books from The Women’s Library. If you are not a member yet, you can join when you visit. See our opening hours here.