The Wheeler Centre Gala 2018: Words on Fire: Rosie Waterland

Words on Fire: Rosie Waterland

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, writer and comedian Rosie Waterland describes how she learned that words and storytelling gave her power at a time when she had none: ‘Words became the ladder that I used to climb out of a very dark hole of a childhood.'


Portrait of Rosie Waterland

Rosie Waterland

Rosie Waterland is a Sydney-based author, columnist and screenwriter. Her first novel, The Anti-Cool Girl, published through HarperCollins in 2015, won the ABIA People’s Choice Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year, and was recently shortlisted for the Russell Prize for Humour Writing.