The Wheeler Centre Gala 2018: Words on Fire

A blazing, hot topic will be probed 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 their first event of the 2018 Wheeler Centre programme, 10 superb speakers will reflect on the words that have changed their lives. They will share captivating insights from the great writers and orators. And they will 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.

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