2nd launch of Lesbians Ignite!

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The book launch of Lesbians Ignite! was another opportunity to celebrate our lesbian community achievements. Annie Pratten did the acknowledgement of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, before she sang From Little Things Big Thing Grow, (Kev Carmody and Paul Kelly), and a couple of other songs in her inimitable style, accompanying herself on her new guitar. Annie

Jean & Patricia

The playwright, Patricia Cornelius, launched the book with an inspiring speech, (and if you haven’t seen her latest play Shit!, do so), which gave due recognition to all the political work and socialising we did back in the 1990s. Rachel Morgan and the long lineup of DYKE DIVAS harmonised their way through their songs ending with the Shameless Hussies theme song, (lyrics Helen Potter), for an audience participation sing-a-long.

 Ardy did another great job of emceeing the event as well as reading from Sarah Yeoman's Melbourne, A Cornucopia of Lesbian Delights and selling a few books and had also food-shopped beforehand.

Most of the three cheese platters, chocolate ripple cake, two pavlovas and a vegan gluten free cake were eaten. And we all had a good time catching up with each other in between times. Thank you to everyone who attended and bought books, to Patricia, Annie and the Dyke Divas who entertained us, to all those who helped set up and cleaned up afterwards and to Pat Mitchell who took all the photos for the Dyke Books website slide show.

Jean Taylor

Wurundjeri Country

Launch slideshow

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On 30th April, 2016 Jean Taylor's newest book "Lesbians Ignite!" was launched. Here are just some of the images from that wonderfully successful launch.

You can also read all about it in this article.




2nd Launch

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On 19th November, 2016 Jean Taylor's newest book "Lesbians Ignite!" was launched for the second time. Here are just some of the images from that wonderfully successful launch. 

You can read more about this event in this article



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

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Stroppy Dykes

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STROPPY DYKES: Radical Lesbian Feminist Activism in Victoria During the 1980s, Jean Taylor, Dyke Books Inc, Melbourne 2012   872 pages

The 1980s was a busy time for radical lesbian feminists, socialist feminists and radical feminists who organised conferences, published magazines, wrote books, established activist collectives, went on marches, were in solidarity with Aborigines and Islanders, demonstrated, formed womyn’s bands, worked in womyn’s refuges, set up phone information and support services, ran workshops, attended art openings, supported fundraisers and cultivated many other activities too numerous to mention.


And music still is such an importance in my life. As music has been for my people for thousands and thousands of years, all kinds of music. The essence and importance of music is essential to community because our music is not throwaway or trash like pop music. Music is connected to country, music is the heart of the people, the stories behind the music are the heart of our culture.

Lou Bennett, Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung

I was very much part of the move to Gertrude Street in November 1988 and helped with fixing the place up and making it habitable. I have many memories from that building. The one I will never forget is the night that a group of us were looking at a video of Desert Hearts. At the moment of the ‘kiss in the rain’ there was a loud noise and the newly installed book shelves came crashing down narrowly missing some of us.

Sara Elkas, Jewish Australian

I was impressed that I was able to offer practical solutions to womyn, we did a lot of community education about incest, domestic violence, womyn’s rights and feminism and there was a great deal of satisfaction in the work we were doing, supporting womyn to change their lives around.


Anah Holland-Moore, Celtic Australian


front cover image: We Fight For What We Hold Dear by Megaera

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