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 a blogger, writer, speaker and appearance activist. She challenges people's thinking about what it's like to have a visibly different appearance.  She has a loyal and ever-growing national and international audience, having written for SBS, the Guardian, Daily Life, the ABC, Mamamia, Frankie magazine, BlogHer and more. She has also contributed to Rebecca Sparrow's book Ask Me Anything and Tara Moss's book Speaking Out.

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