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Bryan Washington: Family Meal

4 March 2024
6.30pm – 7.30pm AEDT
Io Myers Studio, Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab, UNSW Kensington
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Bryan Washington


We regret to inform you that Bryan Washington: Family Meal has been cancelled due to personal circumstances arising for Bryan Washington.

"With a deep, deep regret I have to withdraw from my event at UNSW Sydney. This wasn’t an easy decision at all, and one I only made today after a month of medical challenges, and consulting with my doctors. But I’m so grateful to the Sydney and Atlantic teams for their coordination and work behind this, and hopeful that I’ll have the chance to participate in the future. My first book events were in Australia, and its reading community is very dear to me.” - Bryan Washington
We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused and appreciate your understanding.

Bryan Washington | Benjamin Law

Join Bryan Washington and host Benjamin Law in an enriching discussion about Washington’s latest novel, Family Meal. Washington, known for his rich stories and characters, sheds light on the intersection of queerness, family dynamics, and vulnerability as the lives of young men collide.  

From Osaka to Houston, Family Meal is a story about the sustenance of friendship, and the taste of loss. Washington's writing, beyond his novels, strikes nerves everywhere – either supported by Beyonce fans or criticised by the conservative right. In an evening of tasteful conversation, explore the power of words and storytelling, all with a pinch of salt. 

This event is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and supported by Adelaide Writers’ Week


The Io Myers Studio is located inside the Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab at UNSW Sydney's Kensington campus. Please note this is a live event only and will not be available via livestream.


Wheelchair Access
The closest accessible drop-off point to the Io Myers Studio is via Gate 2, High Street (highlighted pink on this map) and turn right at the roundabout. The entrance is immediately on your left under the concrete steps, opposite the University Terraces Car Park. More information on getting there can be found via our interactive accessibility map available here.

Assisted Listening
The Io Myers Studio, Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab has an infrared hearing loop. Patrons wishing to utilise this need to identify themselves to the front of house team, and a headset will be provided.

This event will be live captioned.

Auslan interpreting services can be provided for selected talks upon request. 

To book and discuss access services, please call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9065 0485 or email


The Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab is easily accessible via public transport and the closest light rail stop is UNSW Anzac Parade (L3 line). For more information please call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or visit

Free parking is available from 5.30pm in the Western Campus Car Park. For access to free parking, event patrons must park in the UNSW Permit Holder bays. The Western Campus Car Park is located here, on Anzac Parade next to NIDA. This car park can be accessed via Western Campus Drive through Day Avenue. 

Paid casual and visitor parking is offered via the CellOPark App and ‘pay by plate meters’ in all other UNSW car parks. For more information head here.




For all the other enquiries, please email or call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9065 0485.

The Centre for Ideas is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. TTY users, phone 133 677, then ask for 02 9065 0485. Speak and Listen users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 9065 0485. For more information on all other relay calls visit here.

Bryan Washington

Bryan Washington

Bryan Washington is a writer from Houston. His fiction and essays have appeared in, among other publications, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, the BBC, Vulture and The Paris Review. He's also a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 winner, the recipient of an Ernest J. Gaines Award, a PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize finalist, a National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize finalist, the recipient of an O. Henry Award and the winner of the 2020 International Dylan Thomas Prize.

Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law is an Australian writer and broadcaster, and is the author of The Family Law, Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East, the Quarterly Essay Moral Panic 101 and editor of Growing Up Queer in Australia. Benjamin created and co-wrote three seasons of the award-winning SBS TV series The Family Law, based on his memoir, and wrote the sold-out mainstage play Torch the Place for Melbourne Theatre Company. 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 Bazaar’s Visionary Men. He has a PhD in creative writing and cultural studies.

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