Author, comedian Benjamin Law to speak at Maitland Gaol on Tuesday

LOOK WHO'S TALKING: Benjamin Law will be guest speaker at Maitland Gaol tomorrow.
LOOK WHO'S TALKING: Benjamin Law will be guest speaker at Maitland Gaol tomorrow.

Creator of the award-winning TV series The Family Law, author, comedian and social commentator Benjamin Law will appear for Maitland City Library’s Look Who’s Talking program on Tuesday at the Maitland Gaol auditorium.

Since coming to national attention through his column in Frankie Magazine, Law's career has gone from strength to strength as a newspaper columnist, TV screenwriter and regular radio and television presenter.

The SBS television program The Family Law is a black comedy which discloses the dysfunctional world of Ben’s Chinese Australian family through his 14-year-old eyes. With laugh out loud moments amongst the teenage angst we witness divorce, financial problems, sibling rivalry and the author’s coming out as a gay Chinese Australian teenager in a small Queensland town.

As well as his memoir The Family Law, Ben has written the travel guide Gaysia: adventures in the Queer East, The Quarterly Essay on Safe Schools called Moral Panic 101.

Both The Family Law and Gaysia have been nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards.

“Ben Law is an advocate for social inclusion who speaks with humour, openness and honesty,” City Librarian, Keryl Collard said. “We are really excited to have him in Maitland.”

Bookings may be made online at www.maitlandlibrary.com.au or phone 4933 6952.

Ben Law will appear for Look Who’s Talking between 6.00pm and 8.00pm on Tuesday and tickets cost $25.