The Garret LIVE at the Library

bookings required

21 May 2019, 6:00pm7:00pm
Location Village Roadshow Theatrette
via Entry 3, La Trobe Street
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Hear award-winning writer and poet Maxine Beneba Clarke in conversation with host Astrid Edwards about Growing up African in Australia, a new anthology featuring the passionate voices and powerful stories of African-diaspora Australians including Faustina Agolley, Santilla Chingaipe, Carly Findlay, Khalid Warsame, Nyadol Nyuon, Tariro Mavondo and others.

About Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian writer and poet of Afro-Caribbean descent. She is the author of the Indie and ABIA award-winning short fiction collection Foreign soil (2014). Her most recent poetry collection Carrying the world won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Award for poetry. Maxine is the author of the CBCA winning picture book The patchwork bike (a collaboration with Melbourne artist Van T Rudd) and her critically acclaimed memoir The hate race is being adapted for stage for Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre. She writes for the Saturday Paper.

About Astrid Edwards

In addition to hosting The Garret, Astrid teaches writing at RMIT University. She has also judged the Aurealis Awards (Australia's premier speculative fiction awards) each year since 2016. You can read Astrid's book reviews in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Future Women and Australian Book Review. Astrid joined the Board of Melbourne Writers Festival in 2019. She previously served as the Deputy Chair of Writers Victoria. Astrid is also a National Advocate for MS Australia. She is a former Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow.