Take a journey to a special place where a bike can be made from anything. Yep, anything! Flour sack? Uh-huh. Bark? Sure thing. Milk pot? Definitely!

Award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke and acclaimed street artist Van T Rudd read to you from their beautiful book, The Patchwork Bike, and take you through how they made it. Why did Van choose recycled cardboard for the pictures? What inspired Maxine to write her first children's book? Do either of them really own a patchwork bike? Find out at this session!

Rec. age 5+.

Free, bookings essential. Maximum 4 tickets per event per booking. Collect your pre-booked tickets for events at these venues from the information booth on Pier 4/5 on the day (all uncollected tickets will be released 15 minutes prior to each session).

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.

Van T Rudd (Australian)

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“Van Rudd promotes ideas which are dangerous to Australia” (Neil Mitchell, 3AW Radio Host) “Van’s art is Ventolin for the breath of resistance” (Anonymous) Known as a unique and controversial street artist, Van has defended his art from censorship many times. Awards include the 2015 Sampari West Papua People's Choice Award for his sculpture Let Rage, Unity, Love Take Form, and the NAVA Ignition Award for Van Rudd vs Julia Gillard (2011). The Patchwork Bike is his first children's book.