Speech & oration
The Wheeler Centre Gala 2018: Words on Fire
We’re probing a blazing, hot topic at the 2018 Wheeler Centre Gala Night of Storytelling: 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…
Poetry in Commotion: A Night of Performance Poetry
Poetry is at its best when it’s challenging: namely, when it’s challenging our expectations, the limits of the form, or a social boundary or taboo. And never is a challenge more keenly felt than through the voice: when performed aloud, poetry cuts deep, using words to reach wordless parts of us.
At this event – part performance, part discussion –…
On any given day, Australian politics is a colourful pond filled with goofs and gaffes, exaggerations and fabrications – and a frothy river of hot takes flows beside it. However, whether by tweet or by broadsheet, the voice of the keyboard warrior in the wild is a truly rare thing. Until now.
For the first time in Melbourne, Nailed It! brings…
The Show of the Year 2016
The horror, the glory, the sublime and the ridiculous – 2016 served it all up in enormous doses. Once again, the Wheeler Centre is celebrating a year’s worth of highlights and lowlights at our annual Show of the Year.
What happened in 2016? Well, the Panama Papers dropped. The Louvre flooded. A woman in New Jersey got stuck up a…
‘I’m Sorry’: from speech to song
Musician Suzannah Espie's song 'I'm Sorry' is based on a highly intimate speech read by historian and author Clare Wright. The pair – who had never met before the collaboration was completed – each reveal their side of how Wright's confessional speech became Espie's confessional song… and share their Facebook messages…
The Show of the Year 2015
Time moves quickly, doesn’t it? Before you know what’s happening, you wake up in a new year – and while you collect yourself, the year just past dims quickly into shadow.
But wait, not so fast!
This December, a Wheeler Centre tradition returns to unravel and revel in the delights and lowlights, majesties and travesties of 2015. Follow sugar-tongued songbird Casey Bennetto…
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The Prime Minister’s Speech
Could the Prime Minister’s poll woes be linked to the words she uses? Sydney Morning Herald national reporter Jacqueline Maley has written an op-ed in the daily today suggesting the stiffness with which Prime Minister Julie Gillard delivers her scripted speeches might help explain why her messages don’t seem to cut through in the electorate.
While Julia Gillard is a lively speaker when speaking…
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