The Wheeler Centre Gala 2018: Words on Fire: Omar Musa

Words on Fire: Omar Musa

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 section, author, rapper and poet Omar Musa performs a poem on faith and family: ‘Although I say I don’t believe in God, I have no other name for what it is that compels me.’


Portrait of Omar Musa

Omar Musa

Omar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian rapper and poet from Queanbeyan, Australia. He is the former winner of the Australian Poetry Slam and the Indian Ocean Poetry Slam. His first book is Here Come the Dogs.