Maxine Beneba Clarke Maxine Beneba Clarke i(A121996 works by) (a.k.a. Maxine Clarke)
Gender: Female
Heritage: West-Indian
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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).

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The Patchwork Bike 2016 single work children's fiction children's

'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)

2017 shortlisted Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Picture Book of the Year
2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
Carrying the World 2016 selected work poetry

'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)

2017 shortlisted Colin Roderick Award
2017 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry
The Hate Race : A Memoir 2016 single work autobiography

'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.'

2017 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Multicultural NSW
2017 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Biography of the Year
2017 shortlisted The Stella Prize
2017 shortlisted Indie Awards Nonfiction
2017 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction
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