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Maxine Beneba Clarke Maxine Beneba Clarke i(A121996 works by) (a.k.a. Maxine Clarke)
Gender: Female
Heritage: West-Indian
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1 Poet Alan Wearne Maxine Beneba Clarke , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 3-9 February 2018;

'“I wrote my memoirs when I was in Grade 5.” Australian poet Alan Wearne absentmindedly ruffles a hand through tufting grey hair. “They were supposed to be memoirs of Grade 2, 3 and 4, but I never got to Grade 4. I called them The Good Old Days. Because back in those grades, we had the total run of the place. I mean, it was crazy.” Wearne chuckles, as if even now – some 60 years later – he still can’t believe he and his contemporaries’ primary school reign. My mind conjures grass-stained Lord-of-the-Flies-esque students cowboying around hapless teachers. “Then we suddenly had this teacher who ran a really tight ship. We hadn’t known anything like it. So we looked back with this kind of nostalgia on The Golden Days. I used to give recitations of these memoirs out and about the place.” ' (Introduction)

1 National Accounts : Question Time Maxine Beneba Clarke , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , December vol. 76 no. 4 2017; (p. 1-3)

'Zimbabwean-American author NoViolet Bulawayo is visiting Melbourne to speak about her critically acclaimed, breathtaking first novel We Need New Names. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the book follows the life of ten-year-old Darling, in Bulawayo's native Zimbabwe, and Darling's subsequent migration to the United States as a teenager. We're sitting on stage together, on a panel at the Melbourne Writers Festival titled 'Writing Voice'. I'm here by virtue of my debut book of fiction, the African diaspora short-story collection Foreign Soil.' (Introduction)

1 Waiting for Peak Uncomfortable Gonzo with John Safran. Maxine Beneba Clarke (interviewer), 2017 single work interview
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 15-21 July 2017;

'He enters the Balaclava cafe exactly on time. His walk is a recognisable reverse-bounce: footsteps pressing downward, as if he’s trying to sink the soles of his shoes deep into the floor. His shoulders curve gently inward, as if in an attempt to occupy less space. He could be 15 centimetres taller maybe, if he drew himself up true-straight.' (Introduction)

1 1 y separately published work icon The Best Australian Stories 2017 Maxine Beneba Clarke (editor), Carlton : Black Inc. , 2017 11466622 2017 anthology short story

'In The Best Australian Stories, acclaimed writer Maxine Beneba Clarke brings together our country’s leading literary talents. Herself an award-winning short-story writer, Beneba Clarke selects exceptional stories that resonate with experience and truth, and celebrate the art of storytelling.' (Publication summary)

1 Writer and Activist Jeff Sparrow Maxine Beneba Clarke , 2017 single work biography
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 25 March 2017;
'He’s tall. Slight. Last buzz-cut grown just long enough to make his dead-straight dirty blond tuft. Skinny-fit jeans. But it’s the T-shirt that catches my eye: dark background, brightly emblazoned with the word “Rastafari” all in capitals. I’m looking at the T-shirt. He’s looking at me, looking at the T-shirt. If we’d met before, I’d have jokingly got my patois on. Cha, white bwoy tink im is tru-big Rastafari, huh? But I don’t. I just look. “Hi, I’m Jeff,” he says. “I’m chairing the panel today.”' (Introduction)
1 ABC Host Jane Hutcheon Maxine Beneba Clarke , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 11 February 2017;

'Maxine Beneba Clarke reflects on the interviewer as she appears on One Plus One.'

1 Poet's Breakfast Maxine Beneba Clarke , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 3 September 2016;
1 form True Stories Podcast S1 Ep2 : Chinese Straight Chinese Straight Maxine Beneba Clarke , 2016 single work radio play
— Appears in: SBS True Stories Season One Series 2016;
'High School, a time of metamorphism for most of us. For award-winning poet and author, Maxine Beneba Clarke, the transformation brings hope that the school-yard taunts will be over. It seems just within reach, but can she really change herself?' (Source: SBS True Stories website)
1 Being Ernest Maxine Beneba Clarke , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 4 June 2016;
1 y separately published work icon The Patchwork Bike Maxine Beneba Clarke , Van T. Rudd (illustrator), Sydney : Hachette Australia , 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)

1 Power of One Maxine Beneba Clarke , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 13 February 2016;
1 The Righteous and the Wiki Maxine Beneba Clarke , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 5 March 2016;
1 Slut Tea Maxine Beneba Clarke , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 19 March 2016;
1 Shadow of Fear Maxine Beneba Clarke , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 26 March 2016;
1 Kingdom Come Maxine Beneba Clarke , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 30 April 2016;
1 2 y separately published work icon Carrying the World Maxine Beneba Clarke , 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)

1 9 y separately published work icon The Hate Race : A Memoir Maxine Beneba Clarke , Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2016 9285020 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.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 Marngarook i "20 years after winmar lifted", Maxine Beneba Clarke , 2016 single work poetry
— Appears in: From the Outer : Footy Like You've Never Heard It 2016;
1 Aviation Maxine Beneba Clarke , 2016 single work short story
— Appears in: The Near and the Far : New Stories from the Asia-Pacific Region 2016; (p. 229-236)
1 Confronting Lionel Shriver Maxine Beneba Clarke , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 18 September 2016;
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