In this popular series, join some of your most beloved writers as they interview the author of their favourite Australian debut from the past year. They may be your favourite writers, but they’re also some of the most insightful and incisive readers in the country – and these sessions reveal what they think makes a story extraordinary. Providing keen insights into the books they’re most excited about and the writers they’re tipping as new talents to watch, enjoy this special series of conversations between the authors you already love and the new writers they love.

The Mother Wound is a beautifully written memoir, told with searing honesty and almost unthinkable generosity. That there sings as much community, love and triumph in this unravelling of a family tragedy signifies a master storyteller.” – Maxine Beneba Clarke, How Decent Folk Behave

Prize-winning writer Maxine Beneba Clarke (How Decent Folk Behave) speaks with Amani Haydar about her debut, the magnificent and devastating memoir The Mother Wound.

Supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

Amani Haydar (Australian)

Amani Haydar

Amani Haydar is an award-winning artist, lawyer, writer and advocate for women's health and safety. Amani's memoir, The Mother Wound, explores the personal and political dimensions of violence and inter-generational trauma. Amani was the recipient of the 2021 UTS Law Alumni Award, the 2020 NSW Local Woman of the Year for Bankstown, and a former Archibald Prize finalist. Her writing and illustrations have been published in Arab Australian Other, Racism, Sweatshop Women Volume Two, SBS Voices and ABC News Online.

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.