Words on Fire

Things to do, Talks and discussions
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A wide range of Australian authors, speakers and thinkers will tackle the question of speech and the power of words

What is free speech? What is hate speech? Where does one begin and the other start? And should there be limits on either? 

There is no hotter debate in Australian public life right now, and the Wheeler Centre's annual gala storytelling event will take on those vital questions. Speakers will share funny words, inspirational words, famous words, hateful words and bullying words and talk about the power that words can have.

Authors Rosie Waterland, Tony Birch and Sally Warhaft, actor Rachael Maza and former Air Force officer Catherine McGregor will be among those speaking at the event. Some speakers will recite famous words; others will give more personal accounts of the power of words. They won't shy away from confrontational opinions, and audiences can expect sparks to fly. 

The gala is always a highlight of the Wheeler Centre's year. Tickets are likely to sell out, so get in quick. 

By: Cassidy Knowlton

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