7 Things Capturing Nakkiah Lui's Attention Right Now

Nakkiah Lui

The author, podcaster, playwright and star of TV’s Black Comedy co-wrote and stars in new series Preppers, about a group of doomsday survivalists. Here’s what’s buzzing around Nakkiah Lui's brain.

Right now, I’m reading...

Luster by Raven Leilani. It’s about a young African-American woman who gets into a three-way relationship with an upper-middleclass white couple. The book is a contemporary look at race and class, sex and gender, big political issues that are really human issues, explored through this weird intimacy they share.

The book I’ve just finished...

Eggshell Skull – it was amazing and sadly a bit ahead of its time when it came out in 2018. We seem to be dealing with all of these issues around sexual assault, consent and the law now. Bri Lee is such a talented writer. I’ve also just started on her latest, Who Gets to be Smart.

The podcast I keep going back to...

I listen to 7am, a Schwartz Media podcast, every day. They do really thorough reporting each morning, focusing on whatever the big story is in Australia. White Terror, in particular, was brilliantly covered by Osman Faruqi and looked at the rise of white supremacy in this country and the world.

The app I use the most...

TikTok is my love language. I don’t send texts anymore, I just send people TikTok videos. There’s so much on there – young people talking with their grandparents, cooking videos, funny videos – it’s much more immediate and laid-back than Instagram, though I like that, too.

What I’m streaming now…

I just binge-watched The Sopranos with my husband. It’s a masterclass in acting and writing – David Chase broke all the rules of TV and now it’s the gold standard. The show makes me want to sit down with a glass of wine and a big sandwich with “pro-shoot” (prosciutto).

Last play I saw...

The Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner. It was cool to see a new work from a young woman of colour, Jasmine Lee-Jones. She created this super-funny script that was relevant, topical, layered and so on-point.

A great article I read...

From The New York Times in February on the effects of DNA ancestry tests, like 23andMe. For First Nations people like me, DNA testing is inherently political and reflects so much on who we are as a community, where we’re from and why that’s important to us.

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