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Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law is a Sydney-based journalist, Good Weekend columnist and TV screenwriter. He’s the author of two books – the black comedy memoir The Family Law (2010) and the travelogue Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012). Both books were nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards, and The Family Law is now a major TV series on SBS, with the third and final season now streaming.

Benjamin also has a PhD in creative writing from QUT, has taught writing to both adults and children, and is a regular speaker on radio, TV and at writers’ festivals across the country.

Benjamin has 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.

The Family Law is now also an award-winning TV series for SBS, which Benjamin created and co-writes. Benjamin was also a researcher and associate producer on Blackfella Films’ Deep Water: The Real Story (SBS) and a writer on Endemol Shine’s Sisters (Ten).

You can hear him co-hosting ABC RN’s weekly pop culture show Stop Everything, and watch him as a panellist on TV shows like ABC’s Screen TimeQ&A and The Drum.



Could you please let Benjamin know how much his performance was enjoyed and how thrilled we were to have him speak at our Gala Dinner. He was such a lovely guest – so friendly and easy to get on with – he charmed everyone. The feedback from people attending the dinner has been outstanding so please pass on our thanks to him for helping us to have a wonderful event.

—R. Chowdhury, Principal, Intergrate Legal, Februrary 2017

KSP Writers’ Centre would like to thank Booked Out for lending us the fabulous Benjamin Law and Oliver Phommavanh for our Writers Festival in the Perth hills. Our five events, held over a weekend in April, were all well attended, especially our Literary Dinner where Ben delivered an insightful and engaging keynote speech. Feedback from guests has been overwhelmingly positive. We are incredibly happy with the high calibre professionalism and delightful presence of all our guest writers. They lifted our Festival to a new level of success. Absolutely satisfied!

—S. Coyle, Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre, May 2013

Dear Ben,

I wanted to thank you  on behalf of Maitland City Library for participating in our Look Who’s Talking event last night, 24 July.

Your entertaining and amusing presentation really engaged and wowed  everyone, and you certainly gave the audience something to think about.

The event was a great success and we received so much positive feedback from the audience, including a comment that “that was the best event ever”!

—Debra Southwell, Programmes Librarian, Planning Environment & Lifestyle | Maitland City Council

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