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Dear Prudence: Life Lessons with Daniel M Lavery


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Seek much-needed advice from former ‘Dear Prudence’ writer Daniel M Lavery in a conversation about navigating tricky social situations and modern etiquette dilemmas.


Every week, millions of people visit Slate to read ‘Dear Prudence,’ an advice column offering indispensable life lessons with equal doses of humour and practicality. For five years, American writer Daniel M Lavery provided guidance as the titular Prudence, helping thousands of readers navigate tricky social situations and modern etiquette dilemmas.

After developing a loyal readership with his books Texts From Jane Eyre, The Merry Spinster and Something That May Shock and Discredit You, Lavery’s latest work recounts his time at ‘Dear Prudence’, collecting some of the most illuminating and provocative questions and their answers during his tenure.

For the Wheeler Centre’s World of Words, Lavery brings his much-loved, and often much-needed, advice down under for a conversation with writer and broadcaster Jess McGuire about his era as ‘Prudie’, revisiting and revising guidance over time, and some of the life lessons he has learnt in the process – plus the chance to ask Lavery for advice about your own sticky questions.

This event is supported by the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund, a Victorian Government and City of Melbourne partnership.


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Daniel M. Lavery

Daniel M. Lavery is a co-founder of The Toast and the author of Texts From Jane Eyre, The Merry Spinster, and Something That May Shock and Discredit You. Lavery wrote Slate’s Dear Prudence column from 2016 to 2021. He writes an email newsletter at Substack called ‘The Chatner’. ... Read more

Jess McGuire

Jess McGuire is a writer and broadcaster based in central west NSW, and hosts breakfast radio each weekday morning on on ABC Western Plains. She previously appeared regularly as a reviewer and cultural commentator on Double J and ABC Local Radio stations across the country, and for many years she wa... Read more


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