We are thrilled to announce that Benjamin Law will be a guest curator for Brisbane Writers Festival 2020!
After delighting BWF crowds in 2019, we are incredibly excited to welcome Benjamin to curate 5 unique events in our 2020 program.
“As a Queenslander living in exile nowadays (yes, I’m very sorry), it’s taken me distance to realise how damn special the Brisbane literary scene is.
So when I was asked to be a guest artistic director for the Brisbane Writers Festival, I leapt at the chance. And while I was given the opportunity to showcase myriad international writers, I kept coming back to the richness of Brisbane and Queensland stories and storytellers.
From the global-standard brilliance of Bluey to First Nations writers like Melissa Lucashenko winning the Miles Franklin, Brisbane talent is smashing it out of the park right now. Writers festivals are core to the cultural health of this nation, and I can’t wait to help make Brisbane Writers Festival 2020 its best yet.”
A bit about Benjamin Law
Benjamin Law is an Australian writer and broadcaster.
He’s the author of the memoir The Family Law (2010), the travel book Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012), the Quarterly Essay Moral Panic 101 (2017), and the editor of the anthology Growing Up Queer in Australia (2019). Benjamin also created and co-wrote three seasons of the award-winning SBS TV series The Family Law – based on his memoir – and his debut play Torch the Place (Melbourne Theatre Company) runs February–March 2020. He has a PhD in creative writing and cultural studies from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
In 2019, Benjamin was named one of the Asian-Australian Leadership Summit’s (AALS) 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians (winning the Arts, Culture & Sport category) and one of Harper’s Bazaar’s Visionary Men.
Every week, Benjamin co-hosts ABC RN’s weekly national pop culture show Stop Everything. He also co-hosts online startup and tech TV show That Startup Show, ###/iQ&A (ABC), The Drum (ABC), The Project (Ten), Filthy Rich and Homeless (SBS) and the ABC’s two-part ABC feature documentary on Chinese-Australian history, Waltzing the Dragon. He has also written for over 50 publications in Australia and beyond—including the Monthly, frankie, Good Weekend, the Guardian, the Australian, Monocle and the Australian Financial Review.
Save the date!
Mark your diaries now as Brisbane Writers Festival will be back in 2020 at the State Library of Queensland, home of Brisbane Writers Festival from 3 - 6 September. We cannot wait to see what Benjamin will bring to the festival and to Brisbane in this fantastic week as we celebrate the magic of literature in our 58th festival.