Modern love is a minefield, and trust us … the last thing you want to do is turn to Yahoo Answers for advice. When you have a romantic problem, it’s best to ventilate it, get it out in the open, let that conundrum breathe! With this in mind, we present the return of Take It From Me – a forum for strangers to dissect your love life and dish out ill-informed and context-free advice.
Anonymously submit your romantic quandaries and quagmires and our panellists will puzzle over your problem before setting you on the path to happily ever after. Did you first hold hands and cuddle during a screening of The Commitments – only to realise they were merely the frightened actions of a commitment-phobe? Are you searching for the best way to slide out of your crush’s DMs and into something more ‘comfortable’? Our advisers will bring their wealth of experience from mostly irrelevant fields, and nut out some solutions to your dilemma.
Those who are smugly and insufferably coupled-up can come along, too! What better date night activity than smirking into each other’s eyes while listening to the woes of the lovelorn?
This event will be Auslan interpreted.
Presented in partnership with The Toff in Town.
Jess McGuire is a writer, DJ, broadcaster, and MC based in Melbourne. She appears regularly on ABC Local Radio and Double J as a reviewer and cultural commentator, and for many years she was the editor of pop culture website Defamer Australia. She is a former presenter of Triple R’s flagship Breakfasters show.
Sami Shah is a multi-award winning writer, comedian, and broadcaster. He’s been profiled in the New York Times, ABC’s Australian Story, BBC Radio 4, NPR, and appeared on QI with Stephen Fry and The Project.
Sami has been performing award-winning and highly acclaimed comedy for over a decade, and used his acerbic wit to address world affairs and social issues, in comedy clubs and even international platforms like TEDx.
Maureen Matthews grew up an English Vicar’s daughter. At 23, she was diagnosed with the degenerative eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa, and is now legally blind. In 1996, Maureen opened Bliss for Women, Melbourne’s only adult store and bookshop for women. Next year, bliss4women.com turns 20.
For a decade, Maureen has written for Melbourne's Sunday Age. In her popular column, About Last Night, Maureen responds to a wide range of questions about sex and relationships.
Zoë Coombs Marr is a performer, writer, artist and comedian. She grew up in Grafton, where she and her best friend staged a musical instead of going to schoolies week.
Zoë has performed stand up comedy extensively in Australia, London and New York. Her solo show, Trigger Warning, won the 2016 Melbourne Comedy Festival Award for Most Outstanding Show as well as the Golden Gibbo, and two Green Room Awards. It was also nominated for Best Show at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama.