Mercury (Hobart) - Magazine - - Upfront -

I was hap­pi­est when … I was re­cently in Tokyo with my boyfriend, at a place in Akasaka that served noth­ing but home­made gy­oza (dumplings) and French cham­pagne. You wouldn’t know it but … I mostly type with two fin­gers. My most em­bar­rass­ing mo­ment … well, there are too many from which to choose. I man­age to mor­tify my­self most days. The last time I cried was … prob­a­bly hear­ing that one of my mates had given birth. The last book I read was … Anaes­the­sia by Kate Cole-Adams and Why I Am No Longer Talk­ing to White Peo­ple About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge. My favourite films are … In the Mood for Love, Aliens, Broke­back Moun­tain and The Hours. I re­ally want to … have a day that’s so com­pletely empty I can fill it with swim­ming, read­ing, see­ing my boyfriend, friends and fam­ily, and cook­ing up a dis­as­ter. My guilty plea­sure is … The Real Housewives fran­chise. It’s Shake­speare but with ar­guably more blood­shed. And cock­tails. Life has taught me … you can save a lot of time and has­sle sim­ply by not be­ing a jerk to other peo­ple. I’m about to … re­lease a Quar­terly Es­say on the Safe Schools saga. Out in newsagents and book­shops on Mon­day.

Ben­jamin Law will lead a mas­ter­class on free­lance writ­ing as part of the Tas­ma­nian Writers and Read­ers Fes­ti­val. Fri­day, 11am-2pm, at Hadley’s Ori­ent Ho­tel. Tick­ets are $88 or $66 for TasWrit­ers mem­bers and con­ces­sions. He will also be a pan­el­list at So­cial Me­dia: The New Ad­dic­tion with Bradley Trevor Greive on Satur­day, 3.30-4.30pm, then at Writ­ing For the Screen: Where Do Our Screen Sto­ries Come From? on Sun­day, 1.30-2.30pm. Both are $22 or $17 mem­bers/con­ces­sion

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