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Welcome to Dyke Books Inc.

Dyke Books Inc was established as a not-for-profit lesbian feminist community publishing group in January 2008 with the following aims and objectives:

  1. To promote lesbian culture.
  2. To provide opportunities for lesbian writers to self-publish their own writing.
  3. To encourage lesbian writers and lesbian writing.
  4. To work within a feminist framework of feminist principles and practice.
  5. To acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Woiwurrung language group of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians and owners of the land Dyke Books Inc is based on.

Postal address: PO Box 168, Brunswick East, Victoria. 

Email address: dykebooksinc@yahoo.com.au

 

Dyke Books is very proud to announce the release of Lesbians Ignite! Read all about the 2nd launch on 19th November 2016, RIGHT HERE.

You can also view a slideshow here: 2nd Launch slideshow or you can select it from the Book Launch menu item above. The original slideshow is also available from the Book Launch menu

Note: Brazen Hussies and the latest book, Lesbians Ignite!, are both available as ebooks - see below to order.

 

Jean Taylor - Author

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JEAN TAYLOR - Radical Lesbian Feminist Writer and Activist

Born in Melbourne Australia in 1944, Jean Taylor was subsequently raised in country Victoria on a dried fruits vineyard in Mildura South. She was educated at state schools and left at the age of 16, started her General Nursing Training at the Mildura Base Hospital in 1961, became pregnant and moved to Melbourne the day after she got married in 1962.

Brazen Hussies

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 Now back in print!

BRAZEN HUSSIES: A Herstory of Radical Activism in the Women’s Libration Movement in Victoria 1970 - 1979, Jean Taylor, Dyke Books Inc, Melbourne 2009)

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Brazen Hussies documents the actions, conferences, collectives, publications and demos as well as the stories of feminist activists who took an active role in the WLM in the 1970s. The book also traces the innovative shifts of consciousness and the social and legislative changes that were instigated in Victoria as radical feminists fought long and hard for Women’s Liberation. It also includes some of the actions the Aboriginal and Islander people too to challenge racism.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember just how oppressive it was for womyn in Victoria before the Women’s Liberation Movement began in 1970 to challenge the patriarchy and womyn took to the streets to make our demands heard.

‘When I became a trained therapy radiographer at Peter Mac, back in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, I was training boys who were receiving more money than I was which seemed very iniquitous.’
Thelma Solomon

Radical activists in the Women’s Liberation Movement began making their presence felt world-wide and no less so than here in Victoria. After Thelma Solomon, Zelda D’Aprana and Alva Geikie chained themselves to the Arbitration Court in October 1969 they helped set up the Women’s Action Committee in March 1970. From then on there was an active WLM here in Victoria. And for good reason.

‘The Australian theatre scene has been dominated by male playwrights and it has been difficult for Australian women playwrights to have their works performed.’
Ponch Hawkes, Women’s Liberation Newsletter April 1975.

As it took till October 2008 to repeal the law against abortion and the Yorta Yorta people were only allowed joint management over their own Barmah Forest in December 2008 it shows just how long it takes and how far we still have to go to truly achieve humanity and justice for everyone.

Please note that price includes cost of postage.
$42.00

Lesbians Ignite!

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Lesbians Ignite

LESBIANS IGNITE!: In Victoria In The 1990s, Jean Taylor, Dyke Books Inc, Melbourne 2016   878 pages

This book documents the activities of lesbian and feminist activists in the 1990s in much the same way as Brazen Hussies and Stroppy Dykes did for the 1970s and 1980s respectively. And will be launched in Melbourne the first half of 2016.

 
I have not included every single gathering, meeting, demo, rally, book launch or conference held during the 1990s. Those events I have included are mainly the ones of personal interest to myself and therefore necessarily lesbian-oriented and even then I have been extremely selective. And mainly those held here in Victoria even though there were many significant events held both interstate and overseas which I’ve also included.
 
Despite the ridiculous rumour that we had entered a Post-Feminist era it would take another book and then some to describe everything that lesbians and radical feminists did and every significant womyn’s and Indigenous event that happened during the 1990s but hopefully this book covers most of them.
 
In the heart of this book, between chapters five and six, sort of like a centre fold only better, is Sarah Yeomans rollicking personal and political take on lesbian life in Melbourne during the 1990s.

"I’d arrived in Melbourne in time for the second season of The Womens Circus - “Women and Work” 1992 - directed by Donna Jackson. A magical swirling of bold costumes and striking faces in the famous white swimming caps. Grotesquely lit abseilers and acrobats on the factory walls outside. Such skill and daring and drama! So inspired was I that I joined the circus myself in 1994 on the techie crew for “Death: The Musical”. Big butch dykes taught me knots and fire drills and how to wire a lamp. Rehearsals were a dream because the musicians rehearsed simultaneously, and it was all very loud and brash and companionable. We were even given dinner first."

Sarah Yeomans - Melbourne: A Cornucopia of Lesbian Delights

Like the first two books, Brazen Hussies and Stroppy Dykes, the third book of the trilogy, Lesbians Ignite! covers as many of the actions, conferences, marches, publications, musical and theatrical events that went on during the 1990s in Victoria and elsewhere as it was possible to fit into a book this size.

Dyke Books Inc is a not-for-profit, lesbian feminist publishing venture which was established in 2008 with the aim of publishing writing by, for and about lesbians.

 Front cover photo by Meg Irwin

Please note that price includes cost of postage.
$52.00