5 November 20095 November 2009 Main Posts Imagine Being Without Pen and Paper Maxine Beneba Clarke You’re probably used to my shameless plugs on this blog by now, but this event’s well worth checking out. On Saturday night, I’m donating a half hour unaccompanied set of my patois and hip hop poetry to Pen and Paper, a charity organisation which raises money for Pens and Paper to be provided to thousands of refugees in east Sudan. There will be African food stalls (can taste it now…) and a number of other performances. Please come along if you can. It’s too difficult for most of us to even imagine being displaced by war or famine. Perhaps we can start by thinking about what it might be like to be without Pen and Paper. Maxine Beneba Clarke Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian author and slam poet of Afro- Caribbean descent. Her short fiction collection Foreign Soil won the 2015 ABIA Award for Best Literary Fiction and the 2015 Indie Award for Best Debut Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize. Her memoir, The Hate Race, her poetry collection Carrying the World, and her first children’s book, The Patchwork Bike, will be published by Hachette in late 2016. More by Maxine Beneba Clarke Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 11 November 202211 November 2022 Main Posts On the last day of Subscriberthon, our amazing online editor gives you one last (very good) reason to subscribe Editorial team What's in store for the last day of Subscriberthon? First published in Overland Issue 228 10 November 202210 November 2022 Main Posts On the second-last day of Subscriberthon, our favourite editor-duo give you reason #1002 to subscribe to Overland Editorial team What's in store for the second-last day of Subscriberthon?