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In Conversation with Fern Brady: Strong Female Character


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Comedian Fern Brady shares raw and honest stories from her new memoir and what it takes to be a Strong Female Character in your own life.

About the Event

Fern Brady, one of the UK’s most exciting stand-ups, comes to The Wheeler Centre to discuss her bestselling book Strong Female Character as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Hosted by Australian stand-up comedian and writer Laura Davis, this event promises to be an insightful and funny look at Fern’s writing process.

For one night only, Brady will be in conversation to discuss everything from her Catholic upbringing to her experience of homelessness and her late diagnosis of autism.

Released in paperback this February, Brady’s debut book made the Sunday Times Bestseller list, was named one of The Times’ 2023 Books of the Year, Apple’s Best Audiobook of 2023 and Audible Book of the Year.

Having recently graced the small screen in Taskmaster UK and The Last Leg, Brady will also share her raw and honest stories with audiences across Australia in her new touring show I Gave You Milk To Drink.


Presented in partnership with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.


Accessible toilets available

Assistive Listening

Auslan interpreting available by request

Companion tickets available

Registered Assistance Animals welcome

Wheelchair accessible

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About the Book

The bookseller for this event is Mary Martin Bookshop.


Fern Brady

Fern Brady is a woman. She is also autistic. She was born in Scotland (no, not Glasgow). She has no presets for being a ‘good woman’ – she never hated her body or indulged in messy millennial shame. She now lives out of wedlock in London. She has zero children. Fern’s caustic... Read more

Laura Davis

Laura Davis is a stand-up comedian and television host known for her peculiar style – riding the line between charming and challenging. Recently winning awards for Best Comedy at Melbourne Fringe and Best Independent Show at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Laura has been earning praise a... Read more


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