Kevin Kwan, Julie Koh and John Birmingham discuss how they use humour to create a quirky reflection of our world.
Brisbane Writers Festival 2017
Wit & Weird
Kevin Kwan is the author of the international bestsellers Crazy Rich Asians, soon to be a major motion picture, and China Rich Girlfriend. Born in Singapore, he has called New York’s West Village home since 1995.
Julie Koh was born in Sydney to Chinese-Malaysian parents. She left a career in corporate law to pursue writing. She is the author of two short-story collections: Capital Misfits and Portable Curiosities. The latter was shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Literary Awards, and the UTS Glenda Adams Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Julie was named a 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist. Her short stories have appeared in places including the Best Australian Stories in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and Best Australian Comedy Writing in 2016. She is the editor of BooksActually’s Gold Standard and a founding member of Kanganoulipo.
Benjamin Law is a journalist, TV screenwriter, columnist and the author of two books: The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012), both of which were nominate for Australian Book Industry Awards. The Family Law is now an award-winning and AACTA-nominated TV series on SBS. Benjamin was also an associate producer and researcher of the SBS feature documentary Deep Water: The Real Story, the author on the current Quarterly Essay on Safe Schools and has a PhD in writing from QUT.
John Birmingham is a journalist, columnist, blogger, prolific tweeter and author of two Quarterly Essays, a number of books of fiction, non-fiction and memoir. These include He Died with a Felafel in His Hand, The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco, the Axis of Time series of thrillers, the Disappearance series and the Dave Hooper novels. He won the National Award for Non-Fiction with Leviathan: The Unauthorised Biography of Sydney. How To Be a Writer: Who Smashes Deadlines, Crushes Editors and Lives in a Solid Gold Hovercraft was published in 2016. He currently writes regular columns for Fairfax Media.
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