Make It Funny

Tragic, challenging or just plain boring, our first Talking Writing of the year brings together writers who find humour in the typically unfunny.

Junkee’s News and Politics Editor, Osman Faruqi, will chair a panel including renowned tragic comic Annaliese Constable, slam poet and performance artist, Kevin Duo Jin, and Sweatshop’s Associate Director, novelist Tamar Chnorhokian.

In what ways does comedy open us up to new ideas? Are there limits to who can joke about what? Expect readings, discussion and, of course, laughs.

Thursday 5 April, 6.30-8.00pm
NSW Writers’ Centre, Callan Park, Rozelle

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Tamar Chnorhokian is Associate Director of SWEATSHOP: Western Sydney Literacy Movement. She completed a communications degree in writing and publishing at the Western Sydney University in 2004. Her debut novel is The Diet Starts On Monday (SWEATSHOP 2014) and she has also worked as a columnist, journalist and freelance writer. She is the recipient of the 2016 Copyright Agency, WestWords Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellowship and is currently developing her second work of fiction.

Annaliese Constable is a writer, performer and queer rights activist working across standup, queer performance and theatre. Renowned for self deprecating and tragic comedic works Annaliese has been a regular contributor to Erotic Fan Fiction, Confession Booth, Queer Stories, Story Club and FBi’s Versus with Eddie Sharp. Annaliese’s autobiographical work explores themes of class, gender, disability, addiction, mental illness, sex, and sexuality. Annaliese has worked in Community Health supporting vulnerable communities for over 10 years and is committed to issues of social justice and equity. Annaliese is funny for a girl, pretty for a lesbian and when she can afford it very well medicated.

Osman Faruqi is the News and Politics editor at Junkee Media. He also hosts FBi Radio’s news and current affairs program Backchat. Prior to that he co-founded a digital research research start-up. He’s worked in federal parliament as a political advisor and has written for The Guardian, GQ, Fairfax, The Australian and the ABC. He’s a regular commentator on ABC TV and radio, Sky News and SBS on politics and current affairs.

Kevin Duo Jin is a Sydney-based comedian, writer, director and poet. He has performed all over Sydney in the past three years, including at the 2016 Bankstown Poetry Grand Slam at the Art Galley of New South Wales, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and he was NSW State Finalist in the 2018 Raw Comedy Competition.  He has had his rat-tail since he was born.

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