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Up Late: Benjamin Law and Beverley Wang

Sat 11 Sep, 8pm
State Library Victoria, Conversation Quarter

Due to COVID-19, this event has been cancelled.

Settle in with hosts Benjamin Law and Beverley Wang for a talk-show-style end to your evening served with a generous pour of pop culture, current affairs and everything in between. They welcome an all-star line-up into the arena for what promises to be a cheeky and irreverent up-late event unpacking all the happenings of the day, be it celeb feuds on Twitter or the latest lowdown from Canberra.


1 hour


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Benjamin Law is author of The Family Law, Gaysia, Quarterly Essay: Moral Panic 101 and editor of Growing Up Queer in Australia. He created and co-wrote three seasons of the award-winning SBS TV series The Family Law and wrote the sold-out MTC play Torch the Place. He co-hosts ABC RN's Stop Everything! and interviews public figures for Good Weekend.

Beverley Wang is a journalist, broadcaster, speaker and co-host of Stop Everything! on Radio National. Before that, she created and hosted the podcast It’s Not A Race and was the Executive Producer of RN Drive. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she’s been based in Melbourne since 2009.

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