Maxine Beneba Clarke’s debut picture book, The Patchwork Bike, was a Children’s Book Council of Australia Honour Book, yet it was confiscated from first graders in Texas after complaints from local police. Her latest picture book, When We Say Black Lives Matter, has been nominated for the UK’s highest children’s book honour, the Kate Greenaway Medal. Her memoir The Hate Race and short fiction collection Foreign Soil are both on the syllabus for many Australian high schools. Maxine talks about her journey, and the many ways in which art has the power to create change.

This is a free event. Bookings are not required, however we recommend that you arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Maxine Beneba Clarke (Australian)

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is the ABIA and Indie award winning author of over nine books for adults and children, including the critically acclaimed short fiction collection Foreign Soil, the bestselling memoir The Hate Race, the Victorian Premier's Award-winning poetry collection Carrying the World, and the Boston Globe/Horn Prize winning picture book The Patchwork Bike, illustrated by Van T. Rudd. She is the editor of Best Australian Stories 2017, and Growing Up African in Australia. Her most recent poetry collection is How Decent Folk Behave.