Queen of one-liners takes stage
SELF-proclaimed Mouth from the South, Kathy Lette, did not disappoint the Byron Bay Writers Festival audience in conversation with Sian Prior yesterday.
Known also as Madam Quiplash, her torrent of one-liners and descriptive adages kept her audience amused as she chatted on the trials and tribulations of being married to what’s-his-name, better known as international human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC.
Author of books Puberty Blues, How to Kill Your Husband and Love, Honour and Betray, Ms Lette was only too happy to share some of the behind-the-scenes moments in their successful marriage.
“We met when I had to step in for Kylie (Minogue) on Hypothetical (show hosted by Robertson),” she recounted.
“He was engaged to Nigella Lawson (celebrity chef) and broke-up with her for me.
“And I can’t cook. I use my smoke alarm as a timer.”
As a feminist Ms Lette feels much needs to be done for women to gain equal pay in Australia.
“So make sure you vote for Julia Gillard as Prime Minister,” she said.
“Because we won’t have to pay her as much.”
In regards to her writing, Ms Lette said she always wrote from the woman’s perspective.
“Women are each other’s wonder bras,” she said.
“We are uplifting, supportive and help make each other feel bigger.”
Her children have kept Ms Lette grounded.
“When my daughter tells me ‘I wish you’d die’, I take a big drag of my smoke and a gulp of wine and say ‘I am doing my best darling’,” she said.