Libbi Gorr, author of The A-Z of Mummy Manners – An Etiquette Guide for Dealing with Other People’s Children and Assorted Mummy Dilemmas, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

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Libbi Gorr

author of The A-Z of Mummy Manners – An Etiquette Guide for Dealing with Other People’s Children and Assorted Mummy Dilemmas

Ten Terrifying Questions


1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I was born and raised in Melbourne – a child of the seventies and eighties. I like to say I have a Sherbet heart and a Skyhooks mind. Like a few of of the slightly audacious go getting girls you see in public life – my secondary schooling was MLC in Kew. Cate Blanchett and Nicola Roxon are also MLC girls. I like to say they both were a few years ahead of me.

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

When I was 12 I wanted to play centre half forward for the Collingwood Football Club. AFL Footy heroes were the stars of Melbourne life. When I was 18 I just wanted to be one of those girls all the boys wanted to sleep with, so I could turn them down. At Thirty, hmmmm. I was Elle McFeast. So I guess by that stage I was an amalgam of everything I’d always wanted to be for the first part of my life.

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

That Bob Hawke was a happily married to Hazel.

4. What were three big events – in the family circle or on the world stage or in your reading life, for example – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced you in your career path?

Studying Law at The University of Melbourne was a life changing experience. It was there that I got involved with the Law Revue, produced by Tom Gleisner now of Working Dog. It was all a bit intimidating to start, but then I saw another chubby girl in a fluffy pink jumper auditioning and thought, “If she can do it, I can do it”. That was of course, Magda. From there I was scouted to join an all girl comedy cabaret act called The Hot Bagels. We sang parodies of popular songs – like a neurotic Andrews Sisters really – about our weight, our love lives – very Bette Midler in tone. The Hot Bagels were my entrée into comedy. The Melbourne scene was incredibly vibrant. It was the genesis of the Doug Anthony Allstars and Wendy Harmer and The Continue reading


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