In Conversation with Maxine Beneba Clarke


Join us for an In Conversation with Maxine Beneba Clarke (she/her), as she discusses How Decent Folk Behave with Jinghua Qian (ey/eir/em).

Maxine Beneba Clarke is a widely published Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent. Her critically acclaimed work includes short fiction collection Foreign Soil, memoir The Hate Rate, and her latest poetry collection How Decent Folk Behave. Her children's books include The Patchwork Bike, Wide Big World, Fashionista and When We Say Black Lives Matter. Maxine has been nominated twice for the Stella Prize, won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Poetry 2017, and won the ABIA for Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2015, among many other awards and nominations.

Jinghua Qian is a writer who works across prose, verse, audio and television. Eir work appears in The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Overland, and ABC TV's China Tonight. Jinghua lives in Footscray and is the co-creator of Underfoot, a series of virtual audio tours uncovering the secret histories of Footscray, along with Liz Crash.

This event is in celebration of the Deep Dive Summer Reads challenge, with participants invited to sign up for the challenge. Parents and carers are encouraged to bring children to the event, as we’ll have a craft table with badge making and colouring in sheets. Refreshments will be provided.

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  • Saturday, 21 January 2023 | 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM


Footscray Library, 56 Paisley St, Footscray, VIC 3011, Footscray, 3011, View Map

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