Online launch of WEST BLOCK, new edition

10am Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time
Sunday 25 October 2020

Free event, but registration required

You are invited to the virtual launch of Sara Dowse: WEST BLOCK, new edition published by For Pity Sake, Australia in 2020.

In the comfort of your own home, join author Sara Dowse and Managing Editor of Verity La, Michele Seminara for a ZOOM launch of this ‘timeless classic of gender and federal politics’.

The event is FREE but registration is required. Please click button to register.

About For Pity Sake Publishing

For Pity Sake Publishing began in 2014 when founder Jen McDonald saw a need for a dedicated small publisher on Sydney’s northern beaches.  It was clear to Jen, a writer herself, that there was room for a local publisher with the collaborative, personalised approach that is the hallmark of small publishing. 

Six years down the track, For Pity Sake has brought out an exciting list of publications, ranging over a diversity of genres and written by its growing list of authors.  For a comprehensive look at the books Jen has published and other services on offer, visit For Pity Sake’s website at 

About Sara Dowse

Sara Dowse is an award-winning author who before she took up writing was one of Australia’s first ‘femocrats’.  West Block, her first novel, was published in 1983. 

Drawn from her experience in government, it is considered a classic work of fiction for its unique, sensitive and humourous rendering of the lives of a group of public servants grappling with a new breed of political masters. For Pity Sake brought out her sixth novel, As the Lonely Fly, in 2017 and is releasing West Block in this new edition for its special relevance today.

About Michele Seminara

Michele Seminara is a poet and editor from Sydney. Her writing has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in journals such as Cordite, Mascara Literary Review, Jacket2 Magazine and Australian Poetry Journal.

She has performed her work, chaired panels and appeared at numerous literary events and festivals across Australia, including the Newcastle Writers Festival, The Wollongong Writers Festival, and the Queensland Poetry Festival. Since 2014 she has been the Managing Editor and Co-poetry Editor of Verity La creative arts journal.

Michele has published a full-length collection, Engraft, and two chapbooks: Scar to Scar (written with Robbie Coburn) and HUSH. Her second full-length collection, Suburban Fantasy, is forthcoming from UWA Publishing in 2021.