Talking Ideas: Growing Up in Queensland with Benjamin and Tammy Law

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Join us for a lively online discussion between siblings, author Benjamin Law and photographer Tammy Law, as they reflect on their experience of growing up in Queensland. From natural disasters to protest rallies, at times isolated and lonely, but always full of a sense of home and community.

In celebration of State Library’s new exhibition Twenty: two decades of Queensland photography, Benjamin and Tammy will also explore photographs from the exhibition, sharing their reflections and observations of Queensland over the last 20 years.

What is a Queenslander these days? Let’s listen in as the Laws discuss! 

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The pre-recorded talk with be streamed and we encourage you to share your thoughts on Twitter using #slqTalkingIdeas @slqld

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About Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law is an Australian writer and broadcaster.

He’s the author of The Family Law (2010), Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012), the Quarterly Essay Moral Panic 101 (2017), and editor of Growing Up Queer in Australia (2019). Benjamin created and co-wrote three seasons of the award-winning SBS TV series The Family Law, based on his memoir, and his sold-out debut play Torch the Place (Melbourne Theatre Company) ran February–March 2020. In 2019, he 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. He has a PhD in creative writing and cultural studies from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He’s a Queenslander based in Sydney.

About Tammy Law

Tammy Law is a visual artist, documentary photographer and academic. Her work explores stories that are reflective of her experience of being Asian Australian. Since 2007, Tammy has exhibited her work regularly across Australia and internationally. Law’s work was included in the Yangon Photo Festival in 2018. Her book Permission To Belong won the 2018 ANZ Photobook People’s Choice Award and in 2017 she was awarded a visual arts grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. Law acquired a PhD from RMIT University in 2018 and also works as an academic and freelance photographer with clients including Fairfax, The Wall Street Journal and Australian Traveller.


About Talking Ideas

Talking Ideas entertains, inspires and fosters debate; addressing issues that inform our times and shape our lives. Live and online events with the world’s best authors, thinkers and commentators.

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