Maxine Beneba Clarke
is The Saturday Paper’s poet laureate, and the author of The Hate Race and Foreign Soil. She is a winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry.

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Life June 17, 2017

Roxane Gay and Mamamia

Roxane Gay and nonfiction authors like her will continue to open up their own lives, in the hope of changing those of others. May we not remain silent in the face of ignorance, stupidity or distress.

Travel May 27, 2017

San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan’s rich mixture of cultures, colonial and indigenous, invites immersion in the Puerto Rican capital.

Portrait March 25, 2017

Writer and activist Jeff Sparrow

“When we meet for our ackee fry-up, he’s just returned from a trip to the United States, researching for his recently published biography of Paul Robeson. He talks of the tragic unease of researching an African-American icon in Charleston around the …”

Portrait March 04, 2017

Artist TextaQueen

Getting to know TextaQueen through her first survey show, Between You and Me.

Portrait February 11, 2017

ABC host Jane Hutcheon

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

Portrait December 23, 2016

Writer and activist Tasneem Chopra

Tasneem Chopra on the nativity.

Portrait November 19, 2016

Author and editor Masha Gessen

Breakfast with fearless Russian journalist Masha Gessen.

Portrait October 08, 2016

DMC parkour at Sydney Opera House

Fairfield’s Dauntless Movement Crew parkour performers.

Portrait September 17, 2016

Confronting Lionel Shriver

Face to face with author Lionel Shriver after her controversial Brisbane Writers Festival address.