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The Wheeler Centre Gala 2018: Words on Fire: Carly Findlay

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For the 2018 Wheeler Centre Gala Night of Storytelling, we invited our speakers to probe a blazing, hot topic: 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.

In this episode, writer and appearance activist Carly Findlay reminds us of how language – particularly ableist language, often used disparagingly in online debates – affects disabled people. 'Disability is the forgotten part of diversity,' she says, urging progressive causes not to forget to include (and pay) disabled people.

Photo: Woman with red face, short dark curly hair and glasses, standing at a lectern. She's mid speech. She's wearing a black floral dress. There is blackness behind her

Carly Findlay at the Wheeler Centre Gala 2018 — Photo: Jon Tjhia

Watch the video – with subtitles – here.


Portrait of Carly Findlay

Carly Findlay

Carly Findlay OAM is a writer, speaker and appearance activist. She is the author of memoir Say Hello and the editor of Growing Up Disabled in Australia. She has been published in the ABC, the Guardian, the Age, the Sydney Morning HeraldCNN and Vogue.

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