She Leads In-Conversation with Maxine Beneba Clarke and Zoya Patel

Join us on Friday 20 September to hear from Maxine Beneba Clarke in conversation with Zoya Patel. 

Award winning author, Maxine Beneba Clarke, will be in conversation with feminist author and editor, Zoya Patel, about her leadership journey as an Australian born black writer of Afro-Caribbean descent, creating space for other African diaspora voices, and empowering those who’ve been historically sidelined in Australian literature to tell their stories.

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 Boston Globe / Horn Prize award winning The Patchwork Bike, and the recently released Fashionista. She is the editor of Growing Up African in Australia, and Best Australian Stories 2017. Maxine is The Saturday Paper’s Poet Laureate.

Zoya Patel is the author of No Country Woman, a memoir of race, religion and feminism, published by Hachette Australia. She founded feminist journal Feminartsy in 2014, following four years as Editor-In-Chief of Lip Magazine. Zoya was Highly Commended in the Scribe Publishing Non-Fiction Prize 2015, was the 2014 recipient of the Anne Edgeworth Young Writers’ Fellowship, and was named the 2015 ACT Young Woman of the Year.

She Leads In-Conversation events aim to provide the community with the opportunity to hear from women leaders from different backgrounds and industries, in a conversational format, followed by a live Q&A session, book signing and networking. Men are actively welcomed to attend.

The In-Conversation with Maxine Beneba Clarke will be at the Ann Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra on Friday 20 September 2019 from 6:15–8:15 pm.

The cost is $30 for YWCA Canberra members and University of Canberra students and $45 for non-members.

What does your ticket include?

  • Entry into the She Leads In-Conversation event
  • A selection of delicious canapés and drinks
  • The opportunity to connect with and be inspired by women leaders
  • A book signing by both Maxine and Zoya

YWCA Canberra believes that all women should be paid for their work. As a result, the cost of your ticket price also ensures that we are able to continue to pay our speakers.

So, gather a couple of friends and colleagues, and purchase your ticket now!

Please note that parking at the University of Canberra is free from 6pm onwards, and there is a range of alternative transport options available (see the University’s transport page).

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