Schools' Program

Growing Up African in Australia

Wed 4 Sep, 10am
Treasury Theatre

Sharing stories is how we get to know each other better – to respect and celebrate our differences. Maxine Beneba Clarke talks to Santilla Chingaipe, Nyadol Nyuon and Ahmed Yussuf, contributors to Growing Up African in Australia, an anthology of some of those stories.


45 minutes

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Session Artists

Maxine Beneba Clarke is the ABIA and Indie award-winning author of the memoir The Hate Race, the short fiction collection Foreign Soil, the poetry collection Carrying The World, and several critically acclaimed children's books, including the recently released Fashionista. She is The Saturday Paper's Poet Laureate.

Santilla Chingaipe is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker based in Melbourne, Australia. Her work explores contemporary migration, cultural identities and politics.

She writes regularly for The Saturday Paper and is a member of the federal government’s advisory group on Australia-Africa relations.

Nyadol Nyuon is a lawyer, community advocate, writer, and accomplished public speaker. She holds a bachelor degree in Arts from Victoria University and a law degree from The University of Melbourne.

Ahmed Yussuf is a writer and journalist. He co-edited Growing Up African in Australia, the first anthology of African-diaspora stories in Australia. His work has featured in Acclaim Magazine, The Guardian, TRT World and Jalada Africa. He was also an artist in the 2018 Digital Writers Festival.

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