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Growing Up African in Australia
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Maxine Beneba Clarke
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Growing Up African in Australia

Maxine Beneba Clarke


Black Inc

Anthologies (non-poetry);
Black & Asian studies


288 pages

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People of African descent have been in Australia for at least 200 years, yet their stories are largely missing from Australian writing. Australians of the African diaspora have arrived here in many different ways- directly from the continent; via the Caribbean, the Americas and the United Kingdom; making the journey to Australia over one generation, or several.

What is it like to grow up African in Australia? This anthology, compiled by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke with curatorial assistance from writers Ahmed Yussuf and Magan Magan, showcases diverse voices, experiences and stories in order to answer that question. Accounts from well-known authors and high-profile cultural and sporting identities sit alongside newly discovered voices of all ages, with experiences spanning regions, cities and generations. All of the pieces call for understanding, oftentimes challenging stereotypes, always demanding respect.

Growing Up African aims to defy, question or shed light on the many stereotypes that currently exist about the vibrant extended African community in Australia.

Contributors include Faustina Agolley, Santilla Chingaipe, Carly Findlay, Khalid Warsame, Nyadol Nyuon, Tariro Mavondo, Magan Magan and many, many more.

By:   Maxine Beneba Clarke
Imprint:   Black Inc
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 208mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   296g
ISBN:   9781760640934
ISBN 10:   176064093X
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   April 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Maxine Beneba Clarke is a widely published Australian writer of Afro-Carribean descent. She is the author of the multi-award-winning story collection Foreign Soil, which has been set on high-school curriculums; the memoir The Hate Race, which won the NSW Premier?s Literary Award - Multicultural; the poetry collection Carrying the World, which won the 2017 Victorian Premier?s Award for Poetry; and the children?s book The Patchwork Bike, a 2017 CBCA Honour Book.

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