Book Review: Editor Maxine Beneba Clarke celebrates voices from the African diaspora in Growing Up African in Australian

Edited by Maxine Beneba Clarke, with Magan Magan and Ahmed YussufGrowing Up African in Australia is a new anthology from Black Inc., following on from Alice Pung’s Growing Up Asian in AustraliaBenjamin Law’s Growing Up Queer in Australia and Anita Heiss’ Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia. Carly Findlay, who also contributed to this collection, will edit Growing Up Disabled in Australia, with a due date to be announced.

Following the format of past works, submissions were accepted from people across the African diaspora, and the end result is an anthology filled with extraordinary prose, heartfelt poetry, and fascinating interviews, all exploring the lived experiences of African-Australians.

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Book Review: Zoë Sallis’ latest interview collection Voices of Powerful Women is more motivational poster than rousing call to arms

Curated from a series of interviews by Indian born actress and author Zoë Sallis, Voices of Powerful Women reaches out to a broad selection of women – from activists and politicians, to presidents and Sallis’ fellow actresses – asking a series of questions about feminism, religion, and war. Veteran actress and activist Jane Fonda, artist and activist Yoko Ono, Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson, and journalist Mariane Pearl are just some of the names appearing on Sallis’ guestlist, each with their own stories to tell and wisdom to impart.

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Book Review: Michael Peppiatt’s Francis Bacon in Your Blood is a fascinating exploration of the artist, the author, and a decades long friendship

As a young student in Swingin’ Sixties London, Michael Peppiatt met the star of British contemporary art, Francis Bacon. Initially just hoping to secure an interview for a university magazine, what followed was thirty years of friendship, late nights, copious amounts of champagne, and an interview that never really ended.

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