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

Words on Fire: Carly Findlay

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.


Portrait of Carly Findlay

Carly Findlay

Carly Findlay is an award-winning writer, speaker and appearance activist. She writes on disability and appearance diversity issues for publications including the ABC, Daily Life and SBS. She was named as one of Australia's most influential women in the 2014 Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards.

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