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

Clarke 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 broadcast on radio and presented at writers' festivals. Her reviews, articles and poems have been published in Tertangala, Voiceworks, Kunapipi Academic Journal of Post-Colonial Literature, The Sydney Observer, Melbourne's Child, Conscious Living, The Age, and The Saturday Paper, among other periodicals and newspapers.

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with a particular focus on the African diaspora, in 2014: it had won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript in the previous year and went on to win an Indie Award (debut fiction) and an Australian Book Industry Award (ABIA) (Australian literary fiction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.

In 2016, Clarke followed up with a flurry of works: the memoir The Hate Race, the poetry collection Carrying the World, and the children's picture book The Patchwork Bike. All three attracted further awards: The Patchwork Bike was named a Children's Book Council notable book, Carrying the World won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for poetry (and was shortlisted for the Colin Roderick Award), and The Hate Race won a NSW Premier's Literary Award, as well as earning Clarke her second nomination for the Stella Prize (among other shortlistings). The Patchwork Bike went on to earn a range of awards, including the picture book category at the 2019 Boston Globe - Horn Book Awards.

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y separately published work icon Growing Up African in Australia Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2019 15503976 2019 anthology autobiography poetry

'Learning to kick a football in a suburban schoolyard. Finding your feet as a young black dancer. Discovering your grandfather’s poetry. Meeting Nelson Mandela at your local church. Facing racism from those who should protect you. Dreading a visit to the hairdresser. House-hopping across the suburbs. Being too black. Not being black enough. Singing to find your soul, and then losing yourself.

'Welcome to African Australia. Compiled by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, with curatorial assistance from writers Ahmed Yussuf and Magan Magan, this anthology brings together the regions of Africa, and the African diaspora, from the Caribbean to the Americas. Told with passion, power, and poise, these are the stories of African-diaspora Australians: diverse, engaging, hopeful and heartfelt.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Multicultural NSW
y separately published work icon The Patchwork Bike Sydney : Lothian Children's Books , 2016 9602708 2016 single work picture book 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)

2019 winner International Awards Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Picture book category
2018 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books
2017 Honour book CBCA Book of the Year Awards Picture Book of the Year
2017 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
y separately published work icon Carrying the World Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2016 9459290 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
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