Growing Up African in Australia by Maxine Beneba Clarke, Magan Magan, Ahmed Yussuf | Black Inc.

Growing Up African in Australia

Awards for Growing Up African in Australia

  • Shortlisted, 2020 Multicultural NSW Award, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards
  • Shortlisted, 2020 Avant-Garde Awards for Best Anthology, Mascara Literary Review

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About the editor

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian writer and poet of Afro-Caribbean descent. She is the author of the Indie and ABIA award-winning short fiction collection Foreign Soil (2014). Her most recent poetry collection Carrying …

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Growing Up African in Australia
Magan Magan

Magan Magan is a writer and poet who has read work at the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Young Writers Festival, the Emerging Writers Festival and Melbourne Writers Festival. His work has been published in Cordite Poetry Review

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Ahmed Yussuf

Ahmed Yussuf is a writer and journalist who's worked with ABC Radio National's RN Drive program and international broadcaster TRT World. He co-founded race and culture podcast Race Card.

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Praise for Growing Up African in Australia

‘A deeply moving and unforgettable read – there is something to learn from each page. FOUR AND A HALF STARS’ —Books+Publishing

‘A complex tapestry of stories specific in every thread and illuminating as a whole … The wonderful strength of this anthology lies in the easily understood and the never imagined.’ —Readings


‘In the face of structural barriers to health care, education, housing and employment, the narratives in Growing Up African are tempered with stories of deep courage, hope, resilience and endurance.’ —The Conversation


Growing Up African in Australia is almost painfully timely. It speaks to the richness of a diaspora that is all too often deprived of its nuances … Lively, moving, and often deeply affecting, it is an absolute must-read. FOUR AND A HALF STARS’ —The AU Review


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African culture and tradition; Racial discrimination; Identity and belonging; Family; Immigration; Displacement

Reading age

Suitable for Grade 9 and above

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