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In 2015, Maxine Beneba Clarke was named one of The Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Novelists and won the Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction. In 2016, she published three books: The Patchwork Bike, her first children’s picture book; a book of poems Carrying the World; and The Hate Race, a powerful, funny and at times devastating story about growing up black in white middle-class Australia. Peter Polites sits down with one of Australia’s most talked about writers.  

Curated by Peter Polites.

Maxine Beneba Clarke (Australian)

Maxine Beneba Clarke

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.

Peter Polites (Australian)

Peter Polites

Peter Polites is a novelist and playwright from Western Sydney. He started his writing career in Sweatshop. His first novel Down the Hume is part queer, part ethnic and all noir. His second novel, a satire of gay aspirations, The Pillars, will be out in 2019.