A. J. Betts is an Australian young adult author. In addition to being a writer, Betts is an English teacher of school aged children confined to cancer wards in hospitals. This experience influenced her award-winning novel Zac and Mia, which has been adapted for television in the United States.
Betts book Hive has also been shortlisted for multiple awards including the Inkys, ABIA, and the Queensland Literary Awards.
Betts completed her a PhD on 'wonder' in life and fiction from Edith Cowan University in 2019, and in 2018, won the Western Australian Premier's Fellowship.
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Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian writer and slam poet of Afro-Caribbean descent. Born and raised in Kellyville, in suburban Sydney, she is the daughter of a mathematician and an actress, who emigrated from England in the 1970s. Clarke holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts/Law (majoring in Creative Writing and Human Rights) from the University of Wollongong.
After publishing a range of short works, Clarke released Foreign Soil, a collection of short stories with a particular focus on the African diaspora, in 2014: it had won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript in the previous year and went on to win an Indie Award (debut fiction) and an Australian Book Industry Award (ABIA) (Australian literary fiction book of the year), as well as attracting shortlistings for the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, the ABIA Matt Richell Award, and the Stella Prize. In 2015, it saw Clarke named one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Novelists of the Year.
Some of her other notable works include he memoir The Hate Race, the poetry collection Carrying the World, and the children's picture book The Patchwork Bike.
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'A diverse line-up of Australian authors has been announced to headline the Australian Embassy in Beijing’s eighth annual Australian Writers Week in China, 14 – 27 March.
'This year’s Writers Week features a celebration of young and emerging Australian authors, with events at international literary festivals, bookshops, libraries, schools and universities in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hohhot, Suzhou, Nanjing, Ningbo and Hefei.
'Our guest authors include literary sensation Brooke Davis, writer of poetry and fiction, Maxine Beneba Clarke, award-winning adventurer, author and film-maker, Tim Cope and the 2014 Walkley Foundation non-fiction book award winner, Editor-at-large of The Australian, Paul Kelly.
' “I am delighted that this year’s Writers Week focuses on young and emerging Australian authors. Australian literature is defined by its diversity, by the sheer number of individual voices telling the stories of our country, and we’re looking forward to sharing these new voices with booklovers across China”, said Australian Ambassador to China, Ms Frances Adamson.
'Another important element of Writers Week is the Australia-China Publishing Forum, now a well-recognised and popular event on the industry calendars of both countries. In 2015, the Forum will feature a focus on children’s publishing, and will see a delegation of Australian publishers travel to Beijing to engage with top Chinese publishers for briefings, presentations and business matching.
'Australian Writers Week and the Australia-China Publishing Forum are presented by the Australian Embassy Beijing and Australian Consulates-General in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. These events are made possible through the generous support of our partners Copyright Agency Limited and Time Publishing & Media. The Embassy also acknowledges support from the Walkley Foundation, The Bookworm Literary Festival and The Opposite House. The Embassy is also proud to work closely with China’s Australian Studies Centre network to bring author events to university students across China." '
Source: Australian China Embassy.
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