Helping Trans Women Indonesia

Indonesian trans women have been hit hard during COVID pandemic – read the ABC News article here.

There is a GoFundMe page for support – here

Bent Street has made a donation.

Read more about the issues faced by the trans and gender diverse community globally in the midyear edition of Bent Street ‘Soft Borders, Hard Edges’.

images from Bent Street 5.1 ‘Soft Borders, Hard Edges’ by Jamie James

Bent Street 5.1 is available now as an eBook. Find it on

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The eBooks is also available from 20+ other platforms including Barnes & Noble, and Scribd, and from libraries via Bolinda, Overdrive, Blio, EBSCO, ProQuest and others.

Soiree seems to be the hardest word

We held a very bijou soiree style mini-launch of ‘Soft Borders, Hard Edges’ on Tuesday 13 July at Hares & Hyenas Bookshop. Thankyou to Rowland, Crusader and the team. Sam Elkin (Bent Street 5.1 editor) spoke, describing Bent Street 5.1 as the gift that keeps on giving. A happy time. We now enter lockdown and look forward to future soirees, matinees and so forth.

Order ‘Soft Borders, Hard Edges’ or any other previous editions of Bent Street online from your favorite bookshop, or else through Booktopia, Book Depository, Amazon.

WA residents can visit Rabble Books and Games and ask for a copy; in Port Fairy? Visit Blarney Books.

Support Bent Street by asking your local library to get in copies, or ask your local bookshop to get in a copy.

Launch at Hares & Hyenas

We’re having another launch event for Bent Street 5.1 (numbers were a bit restricted due to COVID regulations for the recent Footscray event), this time at Hares & Hyenas Bookshop and Performance space.

When: 6.30 – 8.00pm, Tuesday 13 July.

Where: Hares & Hyenas, 63 Johnston Street, Fitzroy.

Modalities: Sitting round, chatting, low-key good vibes, shared journey, glass of wine, tea or coffee.

Free event. All Welcome.

Editor Sam Elkin will say a few words to introduce the publication. Presented by Clouds of Magellan Press and Spilling the T Collective.