Growing Up African in Australia

Growing Up African in Australia Sat 22 Feb 2.30pm Amphitheatre Sat 22 Feb 2.30pm Amphitheatre FREE
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Sat 22 Feb 2.30pm at Amphitheatre FREE

Co-editors of the anthology Growing Up African in Australia, Ahmed Yussuf and Maxine Beneba Clarke, talk to contributor and local writer Rafeif Ismail about the diverse stories and experiences of Australians of African heritage. 

Writer and journalist Ahmed Yussuf is the co-editor of Growing Up African in Australia, the first non-fiction anthology of African-diaspora stories in Australia. His work has featured in Acclaim MagazineGoing Down SwingingThe GuardianTRT World and Jalada Africa

Maxine Beneba Clarke is a widely published Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent. Her short fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been published in numerous publications including Overland, The Age, Meanjin, The Saturday Paper and The Big Issue. Her critically acclaimed short fiction collection Foreign Soil won the ABIA for Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2015 and the 2015 Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Matt Richell Award for New Writing at the 2015 ABIAs and the 2015 Stella Prize. She was also named as one of The Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Novelists for 2015. Beneba Clarke has published three poetry collections, including Carrying the World, which won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Poetry 2017 and was shortlisted for the Colin Roderick Award. The Hate Race, a memoir about growing up black in Australia, won the NSW Premier's Literary Award, Multicultural NSW Award 2017 and was shortlisted for an ABIA, an Indie Award, the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards and Stella Prize. The Patchwork Bike, her first picture book with Van T. Rudd was a CBCA Honour Book for 2017.

Time & Location

Sat 22 Feb 2.30pm


Amphitheatre, UWA, Hackett Drive, Crawley WA 6009


60 min


Free Event

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