Join us for a recording of Stop Everything! from ABC Radio National, the country’s smartest dissection of all things pop, all things cultural and all things pop cultural. Hosts Beverley Wang (appearing via video) and Benjamin Law talk to Festival guests Carly Findlay (Growing Up Disabled in Australia) and Sam van Zweden (Eating With My Mouth Open) about their projects, passions and pleasures.

Carly Findlay (Australian)

Carly Findlay

Carly Findlay OAM is a writer, speaker and appearance activist. She is the author of memoir Say Hello and the editor of Growing Up Disabled in Australia. She has been published in the ABC, The Guardian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, CNN and Vogue.

Sam van Zweden (Australian)

Sam van Zweden

Sam van Zweden is a Melbourne-based writer interested in memory, food, mental health and the body. Her writing has been published by The Saturday Paper, ABC Life, Meanjin, The Big Issue, The Lifted Brow, Cordite, The Sydney Review of Books, The Wheeler Centre and others. Her book, Eating with my Mouth Open, won the 2019 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award and was published by NewSouth Pubilshing in February 2021.

Benjamin Law (Australian)

Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law is a journalist, columnist, TV screenwriter and author of The Family Law, Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East and Quarterly Essay 67: Moral Panic 101. The Family Law is an award-winning TV series for SBS that Benjamin created and co-wrote over three seasons. His debut stage play, Torch the Place, premiered at Melbourne Theatre Company in 2020.

Beverley Wang (Australian)

Beverley Wang

Beverley Wang is a journalist, speaker and co-host of ABC RN’s pop culture show, Stop Everything! Beverley’s journalism experience ranges from print and wire service reporting to radio producing, presenting and podcasting. She is a former Executive Producer of RN Drive, and the creator and host of the It’s Not A Race, a popular ABC podcast about race, racism and identity. Originally from Canada, she’s been based in Melbourne since 2009.