The Emerging Writers’ Festival work, learn and play largely on the land of the Kulin nation, and pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

EWF celebrates the history and creativity of the world’s oldest living culture.

Enter site


Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is the author of the acclaimed memoir The Hate Race, the award-winning short fiction collection Foreign Soil, the poetry collections Carrying The World and How Decent Folk Behave, and many other books for adults and children including the Kate Greenaway Medal nominated picture book When We Say Black Lives Matter, and the poetry collection It’s The Sound of the Thing: 100 new poems for young people. She is currently the Peter Steele Poet in Residence at Melbourne University.

Saturday 17 June, 4:15pm

On the Cutting Room Floor

Hear from authors on how they go about whittling down their words to the ones that matter the most, and what they do with the ones they cut.