Andrew Stafford in conversation with Yumi Stynes
Presented by Brisbane Writers Festival

Come along and catch Andrew Stafford in conversation with Yumi Stynes.

Through its music scene, Pig City tells the story of Brisbane in the late 20th century, a time when music and politics often stood toe-to-toe.

Writer, broadcaster and one-time Channel V presenter Yumi Stynes talks to Pig City’s Andrew Stafford about the book and the scene. Join them for an insightful conversation about Brisbane’s gritty punk past and what that means for us today. 



“Compelling and superbly paced.” – The Courier Mail

“Stafford has produced a lively, original account of the way that the oppressive culture of Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s Queensland spawned a vibrant musical subculture informed by place, politics, and an era of protest.” – The Age

“Andrew Stafford’s command of language and storytelling abilities are both enviable and inspiring… The book is a true classic; a must-read for anyone who calls Queensland home, or has designs on doing so.” – Andrew McMillen, award-winning writer.

“Absolutely essential reading for anyone interested in Australian musical history.” – Joshua Donellan, award-winning podcaster and writer.


Tue 3 May




New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End


General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession $32.50 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $32.50 per ticket + booking fees

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased


90 minutes, no interval.


Suitable for ages 12+. Contains coarse language, adult themes and references to drug use.


Andrew Stafford is a freelance journalist and the author of Pig City: From The Saints To Savage Garden, a musical and political history of Brisbane first published in 2004. Something To Believe In, a music memoir, was published in 2019. His work appears regularly in the Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Griffith Review and more. You can find him on Twitter as @staffo_sez and his Patreon page.

Yumi Stynes is a broadcaster and author, currently on-air with the wildly popular ABC podcast, Ladies, We Need to Talk which unpacks taboos and sexual health issues in bold and sometimes life-changing ways. She co-hosts a national radio show on the KiiS FM network called The 3pm Pickup which you’ve probably heard if you’ve been in a car between 3 and 4pm. One of her books, Welcome to Consent, was recently named the New York Public Library’s TOP 50 books of the year. Her classic guidebook, Welcome to Your Period, has been in non-stop reprint since it first came out and has been translated to around 20 languages including Russian, Japanese and German. The book based on the podcast Ladies, We Need to Talk came out late last year, and this year, Welcome to Your Boobs was published.


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