Exploring who you are takes a lot of courage. Yuin writer Gary Lonesborough’s first book The Boy from the Mish is a funny and big-hearted queer Indigenous young adult novel set in a rural Australian community. It’s a branch of hope extended to teenagers who think they’re alone. Benjamin Law speaks to Gary about this beautifully written story about finding love – and yourself.

Gary Lonesborough (Australian)

Gary Lonesborough

Gary Lonesborough is a Yuin man from Bega, NSW. Growing up, he was always writing. Gary moved to Sydney to study film, and would work on the feature film Jasper Jones. As a role model for Aboriginal youth and an emerging talent in the arts, Gary received the Bega Valley Shire Council’s Young Citizen of the Year Award, the Patrick White Young Indigenous Writers’ Award and the Copyright Agency Fellowship for First Nations Writers. The Boy from the Mish is his debut young adult novel.

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.