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Corey White - The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory
Join us for the Sydney launch of comedian Corey White's The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory, a remarkable memoir that will break your heart & repair it too! It's a powerful, lyrical & darkly funny debut from one of our brightest young comedians. Corey is in-conversation with writer and broadcaster A.H. Cayley.
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About The Book
After losing his father to jail and his mother to heroin when he was a child, Corey White became a target for cruelty and dysfunction in foster homes. A scholarship to a prestigious boarding school lifted him out of foster care and awakened a love of learning and reading for him, but this was soon overwhelmed by a crushing depression and drug addiction.
Through it all, he kept thinking – sometimes hoping, sometimes fearing – that he was destined for something bigger.
The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory is a memoir of trauma and survival that will break your heart and then show you how to rebuild it. It is a powerful, lyrical and darkly funny debut from one of Australia’s brightest young comedians.
"Equal parts hilarious and horrifying, Corey’s story is one of the most powerful I have ever read." - Wil Anderson
"So beautifully written, so important, so absolutely unflinching as it gently takes you by the hand to show you exactly what the difference is between falling and flying." - Sarah Krasnostein, author of The Trauma Cleaner.
About the Author
There are few voices in comedy as unique and potent as Corey White. In 2014, he performed his debut stand up show, The Cane Toad Effect – a staggeringly personal story of his experience growing up in foster care, surviving domestic violence, recovering from drug addiction and dealing with mental illness. He handled this material with a deftness and humour that far exceeded his experience, garnering critical praise and winning Best Show at the 2014 Sydney Fringe and Best Newcomer Award at the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival.
He was later profiled on ABC TV’s Australian Story, shining a light on his and his sister’s experience growing up in the foster care system and the path that took him all the way to the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe. In late 2016 he was selected to have his show recorded as part of the ABC Next Gen comedy series. In 2018, Corey White’s Roadmap to Paradise, a series created by Corey for the ABC, finally solved all the world’s problems while continuing to advocate for change for kids stuck in our dysfunctional foster care system. He is also very funny.
A Note on the Venue:
This event will be held in The Vanguard (previously known as Leadbelly), which is a strictly adults only venue.