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)

Peter Polites

Peter Polites is a novelist from Western Sydney. He has written two queer noirs, Down the Hume and The Pillars, which won the 2020 NSW Premier’s Multicultural Literary Award. He’s also won the 2020 Woollahra Digital Literature Prize for Fiction. In 2021 he will be a writer in residence at UNSW Canberra and working on his third novel, God Forgets About the Poor.