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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 Maxine Beneba Clarke and Magan Magan discuss Growing up African in Australia with host Astrid Edwards and Shantel Wetherall.

The discussion will explore all angles of the work - Maxine's role as editor, Magan's role as contributor, and Shantel's experience as a reader who grew up as part of the African Diaspora.

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.

About Magan Magan

Magan Magan is a writer and poet who has read work at the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Young Writers Festival, the Emerging Writers Festival and Melbourne Writers Festival. His work has been published in Cordite Poetry Review and the anthologies Shots from the Chamber, Australian Poetry and Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry. Magan's latest book is From Grains to Gold (2018).

About Shantel Wetherall

Shantel Wetherall is a Melbourne culture writer, presenter and maker. Her work is featured in The Guardian and she produces and hosts Hey Aunty! Podcast.