Maxine Clarke is a West-Indian Australian writer with a Bachelor of Creative Arts/Law (majoring in Creative Writing and Human Rights). Maxine was a title holder of the NSW Writers' Centre/Gleebooks Annual Poetry Sprint, placed second in the Doris Leadbetter Poetry Slam, and the Northern Notes Poetry Slam, and was a finalist in the Melbourne Writers' Festival Poetry Slam during the 1990s. Her short plays have been produced and her poetry has been broadcast on radio and presented at writers' festivals. Her reviews, articles and poems have been published in Tertangala (1999), Voiceworks (2000), Kunapipi Academic Journal of Post-Colonial Literature (2004), The Sydney Observer (2005), Melbourne's Child (2007), Conscious Living (2007), The Age (2007). Maxine has had poetry due for publication in the Paradise Anthology (2008).
'What's the best fun in the whole village? Riding the patchwork bike we made! A joyous picture book for children by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke.
'When you live in a village at the edge of the No-Go Desert, you need to make your own fun. That's when you and your brothers get inventive and build a bike from scratch, using everyday items like an old milk pot (maybe mum is still using it, maybe not) and a used flour sack. You can even make a numberplate from bark, if you want. The end result is a spectacular bike, perfect for going bumpity-bump over sandhills, past your fed-up mum and right through your mud-for-walls home.
'A delightful story from multi-award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, beautifully illustrated by street artist Van T Rudd.' (Publication summary)
'A haunting visit to the International Museum of Slavery, in Liverpool England. A feisty young black girl pushing back against authority. The joy and despair of single parenthood. A love-hate relationship with words.
'This collection brings the best of a decade-long international poetry career to the page.' (Publication summary)
'From one of Australia's most exciting writers, and the author of the multi-award-winning FOREIGN SOIL, comes THE HATE RACE: a powerful, funny, and at times devastating memoir about growing up black in white middle-class Australia.'