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Benjamin Law is an Australian writer and broadcaster.

He’s the author of The Family Law (2010), Gaysia (2012), the Quarterly Essay Moral Panic 101 (2017) and editor of Growing Up Queer in Australia. (2019). He co-wrote the comedy book Shit Asian Mothers Say (2014) with his sister Michelle Law, and the sex/relationships advice book Law School (2017) with his mum Jenny.

Benjamin is also an AWGIE Award-winning screenwriter. He’s the co-executive producer, co-creator and co-writer of the Netflix comedy-drama Wellmania, creator and co-writer of three seasons of the award-winning TV series The Family Law (SBS/Hulu/Comedy Central Asia) and playwright of the sold-out mainstage play Torch the Place (Melbourne Theatre Company). He has a PhD in creative writing and cultural studies from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He 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).

Every week, Benjamin co-hosts ABC Radio National’s weekly national pop culture show Stop Everything and interviews public figures for Good Weekend. He hosted ABC TV’s two-part feature documentary on Chinese-Australian history Waltzing the Dragon, and has appeared on TV shows like Australian Survivor (Ten), Filthy Rich and Homeless (SBS), Q&A (ABC), The Drum (ABC) and The Project (Ten).

Benjamin has also written for over 50 publications in Australia and beyond—including the Monthly, frankie, Guardian, Monocle and the Australian Financial Review—and has a PhD in creative writing from QUT.

A charismatic MC, keynote speaker, panellist, creator and facilitator, Benjamin speaks out on the topics of diversity, equality, journalism and more.

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Testimonials

“The event was an absolute success, in significant part to Benjamin of course. He was wonderful. Just as we’d expected, he pitched it perfectly and the content was funny, intelligent, totally relevant and contextualised in relation to the Centre. We couldn’t be happier.”

—Dr Steven Angelides, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS)

“Working with Ben has been a total delight – his warmth, humour and ability to moderate and engage in conversations on virtually any topic was such an incredible asset to our project. He made all our interviewees feel right at home and totally comfortable in sharing their stories. We felt he cared about our project and what we were trying to achieve as much as we did, and it shows in the amazing quality of the work he did for us. We just love Ben!!”

—Brianna Barwise, Museum of Applied Arts & Science, 100 Climate Conversations

“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

“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

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