Merlinda Bobis is a contemporary Philippine Australian writer and academic who has received numerous awards for her prose fiction, poetry and plays. Her most recent novel Fish-Hair Woman won the 2013 MUBA Award and was shortlisted for the 2013 Davitt Awards for the Best crime and mystery books by Australian women. In the Philippines it won the Juan C. Laya Prize for Best Novel in a Foreign Language 2014. As a multi-genre writer and a performer for stage and radio, Bobis has worked with artists from various disciplines. She is a senior lecturer in creative writing at the University of Wollongong, Australia.
Winner of the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction in the 2016 NSW Premiers Literary Awards! The judges described the author's lyrical prose as "transfiguring fiction". "There were many fine and stylistically accomplished works among this year's entries, but the distinctiveness, sweep and visual power of this short novel set it apart." "It is no surprise that a dystopian novel about climate change has won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards." Susan Wyndham, SMH "Bobis story resonates not only in todays Australia but throughout an environmentally and politically disrupted world where repression and violence are rife; where huge numbers of people leave their homes to undertake dangerous journeys in the search for life." Alfred Yuson, The Philippine Star On her speaking events in Melbourne and Sydney last week, feminist, journalist and commentator Gloria Steinem congratulated Spinifex Press on 25 years of feminist publishing. "Can I say thank you to Spinifex Press which is now in its 25th anniversary. Its been such an inspiration to us." Gloria Steinem