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In Conversation with Fern Brady: Strong Female Character

‘With regards to honesty, there’s a thing a lot of autistic people online I’ve seen say this that ‘Neurotypicals treat honesty like it’s a magic trick’. Whereas, it’s not like something I can switch off. I would love to be able to deceive people better, and schmooze with people and tell people what they want to hear’ – Fern Brady.

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Fern Brady, one of the UK’s most exciting stand-ups, visited The Wheeler Centre to discuss her bestselling book Strong Female Character as part of the 2024 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Hosted by Australian stand-up comedian and writer Laura Davis, Brady discussed her writing process, Catholic upbringing and late diagnosis of autism.



This event was recorded on Wednesday 3 April 2024 at The Wheeler Centre.

It was presented in partnership with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.


The official bookseller was Mary Martin Bookshop.

Featured music is ‘Lucy’s Trail’ by Sarah the illstumentalist.

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