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Unaccustomed as I am...

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‘Friends, Romans, Countrymen…’, ‘I have a dream‘, ‘Well may we say “God Save the Queen”…’, ‘Frankly my dear…’ Speechmaking isn’t all 21st birthday toasts and sporting triumphalism. From great oratory to political grandstanding, eight local writers and performers read their favourite speeches from history, cinema and literature. Hosted by Sophie Black with Tony Birch, Julian Burnside, Noni Hazlehurst, Lisa Gorton, Sam Pang, Sonya Hartnett and Dave Graney.


Introduction by Sophie Black

The Gettysburg Address (Abraham Lincoln) read by Julian Burnside

Excerpt from Frankenstein (Mary Shelley) read by Sonya Hartnett

Excerpt from A Room of One’s Own (Virginia Woolf) read by Lisa Gorton

Excerpt from Notting Hill (character Anna Scott’s speech) read by Sam Pang

Letters from two Aboriginal women, read by Tony Birch

Excerpt from My Discovery of America (Vladimir Mayakovsky) read by Dave Graney

Redfern Park Speech (Paul Keating and/or Don Watson) read by Noni Hazlehurst

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