Some of Australia’s most celebrated authors discuss the non-English traditions in their writing. Australian literature is at an exciting moment, with writers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds contributing more and more to our literary culture. Though multiculturalism has meant that there have always been international ideologies at play in our streets, we are increasingly seeing a culturally diverse presence in literature. Guest curator Peter Polites (Down the Hume) talks to writers Maxine Beneba Clarke (The Hate Race) and Rajith Savanadasa (Ruins) about why, as an Australian writer, it can be important to move away from the borders that are girt by sea? 

Curated by Peter Polites.

Please note: due to unforeseen circumstances, Maxine Beneba Clarke will no longer be appearing at this event. 

Peter Polites (Australian)

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Peter Polites is a Greek-Australian writer from Bankstown. He is the associate director of Sweatshop and the editor of Ornaments from Two Countries, an anthology of LGBTIQ literature from Western Sydney and regional NSW. Peter’s short stories and essays have been published in Overland, Seizure, The Lifted Brow, Westside and The Big Black Thing. He is also the co-writer of the award-winning web-series, ILUVUBUT, and co-writer of Urban Theatre Projects’ production, Home Country, which premiered in the 2017 Sydney Festival. Peter’s debut novel, Down the Hume, was published in 2017.