In 2015, Maxine Beneba Clarke was named one of The Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Novelists and won the Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction. In 2016, she published three books: The Patchwork Bike, her first children’s picture book; a book of poems Carrying the World; and The Hate Race, a powerful, funny and at times devastating story about growing up black in white middle-class Australia. Peter Polites sits down with one of Australia’s most talked about writers.  

Curated by Peter Polites.

Maxine Beneba Clarke (Australian)

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Maxine Beneba Clarke is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir The Hate Race, which is currently being adapted for stage for Melbourne's Malthouse theatre, and the Indie and ABIA Award-winning short fiction collection Foreign Soil. She is also the author of the poetry collection Carrying The World, which won the 2017 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Poetry. Her first children's picture book The Patchwork Bike, a collaboration with Melbourne artist Van Rudd, was published in 2016. She writes for The Saturday Paper.

Peter Polites (Australian)

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Peter Polites is a Western Sydney-based writer. In 2014 he wrote and appeared in the Sweatshop performance writing production Three Jerks. In 2015 he was a recipient of the WestWords writing fellowship. He wrote Steps into Katouna, a performance text for Urban Theatre Projects that was put on for Sydney Festival 2017. Down the Hume is his first novel: it is part noir, part melodrama, part queer and all Western Sydney.