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Dear Prudence: Life Lessons with Daniel M. Lavery highlights

In this highlight reel, seek much-needed advice from former ‘Dear Prudence’ writer Daniel M Lavery about navigating tricky social situations and modern etiquette dilemmas.

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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.

For the Wheeler Centre’s World of Words, Lavery brings his much-loved 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.


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

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