Much-loved writer and illustrator Maxine Beneba Clarke returns to the Festival with Fashionista, a gorgeously illustrated ode to flaunting your passion and wearing your heart on your sleeve. Join the award-winning author of The Patchwork Bike and Wide Big World to celebrate her inspiring new book. Maxine talks about the characters, the fashions and how your personal style and flair can be the key to finding your confidence and owning your individuality. With this remarkable book not released until July - this event will be a unique opportunity to get your hands on a copy months before anyone else! Hosted by Deborah Abela. Rec. 4+

Maxine Beneba Clarke (Australian)

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Maxine Beneba Clarke is the author of 8 books, including the Indie and ABIA Award winning short fiction collection Foreign Soil, the bestselling memoir The Hate Race, the Premier's Award winning poetry collection Carrying The World, and the CBCA winning picture book The Patchwork Bike. She is the editor of Best Australian Stories 2017, and Growing Up African in Australia.

Deborah Abela (Australian)

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After becoming a teacher, Deb went to Africa where she was caught in a desert sandstorm, harassed by monkeys and thrown in jail twice! She's since written twenty-six books including the Max Remy series and her climate change trilogy, Grimsdon, New City and Final Storm. Her dad's migration to Australia after WW2 inspired Teresa: A New Australian and her latest books are The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery. Her first picture book is Wolfie, An Unlikely Hero.