The Wheeler Centre Gala 2018: Words on Fire

The Wheeler Centre

Event Date: 
26 February 2018
Author / Presenters: 
Tony Birch, Rosie Waterland, Leah Purcell, Omar Musa, Moira Finucane, Sally Warhaft, Patricia Cornelius, and Rachael Maza

We’re probing a blazing, hot topic at the 2018 Wheeler Centre Gala Night of Storytelling: the power of the written word and the loaded tenets of speech.  

When do words inspire and when do they incite? When is speech free, and when is it hateful? Fighting words, funny words, insulting words and incendiary words – for better or for worse, language moves us and it matters.

For our first event of the 2018 Wheeler Centre programme, we’re bringing together 10 superb speakers to reflect on the words that have changed their lives. They’ll share captivating insights from the great writers and orators. And they’ll reflect on enraging – even endangering – insults from the bullies, the provocateurs and the well-meaning, but not well-informed.

Jump with us out of the frying pan and into the fire for a combustible evening of storytelling.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.