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, July 30, 2014
10:00 am
4:00 pm
Byron Bay Writers Festival | Writing the Story of my Life (Workshop)
If you’ve ever considered writing about your life – in columns, personal essays or as a memoir, but weren’t sure where (or how) to start, then join this in-depth exploration of writing the most important story you’ll ever tell: your own. Learn key techniques for writing about not only yourself, but the people, places, and experiences of your life in a way that remains true to memory and excites readers.
Byron Sports & Cultural Complex, Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay
Fri, August 1, 2014
9:00 am
10:00 am
Byron Bay Writers Festival | A Home Among the Gumtrees: Our Diverse Culture
With: Tasneem Chopra, Benjamin Law, Rabia Siddique
Chair: Jane Caro
Feros Marquee
Fri, August 1, 2014
12:15 pm
12:45 pm
Byron Bay Writers Festival | Shit Asian Mothers Say
With: Benjamin Law, Michelle Law
Chair: Moya Sayer-Jones
New Philosopher Marquee
Fri, August 1, 2014
8:00 pm
10:30 pm
Byron Bay Writers Festival | David Bowie's 'Ziggy Stardust' – A Spoken Word Tribute
One of Melbourne’s best-loved spoken word events, this is a poetic tribute to a classic album, song by song. A stellar line-up of writers, poets and musicians explore their personal connection to that glam ham of wham, bam and thank-you-ma’am – David Bowie. Join us as we salute Bowie’s masterpiece of Sturm und Drag, on which he introduced the world to the leper Messiah from outer space, Ziggy Stardust. Featuring special guests Andrew Denton, Missy Higgins, Andy Griffiths and Benjamin Law with Maxine Beneba-Clarke, Asphyxia, Omar Musa, Luka Lesson, Emilie Zoey Baker and Sean M Whelan.
Cost: $40
Sat, August 30, 2014
10:00 am
11:00 am
Melbourne Writers Festival | Shit Asian Mothers Say
In his first two books The Family Law and Gaysia, Benjamin Law cemented his reputation as an observant, witty and intelligent writer. Joining forces with sister Michelle Law, the irreverent siblings turn their humour back on the family with the hilarious Sh*t Asian Mothers Say. In conversation with Sam Twyford-Moore.
Free event
ACMI The Cube
Sat, August 30, 2014
4:00 pm
5:00 pm
Melbourne Writers Festival | Alissa Nutting: In Conversation
American writer Alissa Nutting’s scorching debut novel Tampa is an edgy and disturbing story about a female paedophile preying on young boys. Laced with black humour and crackling sexualised prose, Tampa brings together American Psycho and Lolita in a confronting tale of monstrously misplaced desire. In conversation with Benjamin Law.
Cost: $22/19
Deakin Edge

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