Benjamin Law is a Sydney-based journalist, columnist and screenwriter, and has completed a PhD in television writing and cultural studies.

He is the author of two books—The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012)—and the co-author of the comedy book Shit Asian Mothers Say (2014) with his sister Michelle and illustrator Oslo Davis. Both of his books have been nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards.

Benjamin is a frequent contributor to Good Weekend (The Sydney Morning Herald/The Age), frankie and The Monthly, and has also written for over 50 publications, businesses and agencies in Australia and worldwide.


Upcoming Events

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Wed, April 23, 2014
8:00 am
10:00 am
Book Launch: Shit Asian Mothers Say | Glee Books (Sydney)
Siblings Benjamin and Michelle Law grew up being told to eat every grain of rice on their plate otherwise their future spouse would be spotted with as many pimples as left over rice. The Laws parody the disapproving Asian mother in "Sh*t Asian Mothers Say" and promise to reveal the full extent of childhood embarrassments.

Entry: $10/$7 concession. Gleeclub members free.
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Glee Books, 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW 2037
Thu, May 1, 2014
11:30 am
12:30 pm
Vince Gilligan: Breaking Bad | In Conversation (Sydney Writers Festival)
For the first time ever in Australia, Breaking Bad creator and executive producer Vince Gilligan gives a behind-the-scenes look at the making of one of the most iconic and acclaimed television shows in recent history, hailed as “the best of the 21st century” by Stephen King. In an in-depth conversation with Benjamin Law, Vince discusses the incredible Breaking Bad journey from writing the pilot through to winning an Emmy Award for Most Outstanding Drama, and that finale.

Entry: $45/$35/$28
Bookings: (02) 9250 1988
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Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney
Fri, May 23, 2014
3:30 am
4:30 am
Tim Cope: On the Trail of Genghis Khan | In Conversation (Sydney Writers Festival)
Tim Cope embarked on a journey that hadn’t been successfully completed since the times of Genghis Khan: to travel on horseback across the entire length of the Eurasian steppe, from Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia, through Kazakhstan, Russia, Crimea and Ukraine to the Danube River in Hungary. It is a story of endurance and triumph, and an elegy for an ancient way of life in a post-Soviet world. He gives a lively presentation of his extraordinary journey. Chair: Benjamin Law.

Free, no bookings
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Pier 2/3 The Loft, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Sat, May 24, 2014
12:00 am
1:00 am
The Politics of Translation (Sydney Writers Festival)
As Eliot Weinberger said, translators sometimes feel they share in the glory of their famous authors, rather like the hairdressers of Hollywood stars, but authors tend to find them creepy. Join author and translator Linda Jaivin; author Jacques Roubaud, an Oulipean poet whose work has been translated extensively and who reads in both French, English and Provençal; and Camilla Läckberg, a much-translated writer of Swedish crime novels, as they discuss the politics of translation, the notion of fidelity and the relationship between writer and translator. Chair: Benjamin Law

Free, no bookings.
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Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Sat, May 24, 2014
6:30 am
8:00 am
People of Letters (Sydney Writers Festival)
Michaela McGuire and Marieke Hardy return to Sydney Writers’ Festival for the second time with their smash hit sensation. In this rare People of Letters show, writers, performers and well-known Australians are paired off and invited to write ‘A letter to my other half’. The stage will be awash with warmth and curious tales of affection, bringing together the heady combination of sentiment and sauvignon blanc audiences have grown to know and love. Featuring: Scott Spark, Benjamin Law, David Williamson, Kristin Williamson, Eddie Sharp, Ella Scott Lynch, Liam Pieper, Cate Blake, Michaela McGuire (facilitator).

Free, no bookings.
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Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Sun, May 25, 2014
12:00 am
1:00 am
Strangers in a Strange Land (Sydney Writers Festival)
Gary Shteyngart, author of the new memoir Little Failure, Amy Tan (The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement) and Benjamin Law (Sh*t Asian Mothers Say) share their personal stories as part of their work – sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking but always well-meaning – of growing up with immigrant parents in a western country. Chair: Annette Shun Wah.

Tickets: $25/$20
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Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

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