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From the soapbox to the stage, carefully crafted speeches have inspired and persuaded minds throughout the ages. As we lose faith in our leaders and the institutions of civil society cede their moral authority, we gather a group of stirring orators to recreate their favourite moments of speechifying – from the worlds of politics and theatre, cinema and the law – to remind us of the power of words and the thrill of great oration. Including Richard Fidler (The Golden Maze), Sisonke Msimang (Always Another Country), Clare Wright (You Daughters of Freedom) who take to the microphone for this rousing event. Hosted by Sarah Kanowski. 

Supported by the JIBB Foundation.

Richard Fidler (Australian)

Richard Fidler

Richard Fidler is the author of Ghost Empire and the co-author of Saga Land, a journey into the sagas of Iceland, which was awarded the 2018 Indie Book Award for non-fiction. Richard is best known as a presenter of ABC Radio's Conversations. The program attracts a large listening audience around the nation and is the most popular podcast in Australia. His most recent book, The Golden Maze, is a biography of Prague, inspired by his experience of the city’s 1989 Velvet Revolution.

Sisonke Msimang (Australian)

Sisonke Msimang

Sisonke Msimang is the author of two books: Always Another Country: a memoir of exile and home (2017); and The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela (2018) and has written for a range of publications including The New York Times, Al Jazeera, The Guardian and Newsweek.

Clare Wright (Australian)

Clare Wright

Clare Wright is an historian, author, broadcaster, podcaster and public commentator. She is the author of four works of history, including the Stella Award-winning The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka. Her latest book is You Daughers of Freedom, the second instalment of her Democracy Trilogy. Clare co-hosts the Archive Fever podcast and has written and presented history documentaries for ABC Television and Radio National. She is currently a Professor of History at La Trobe University.

Sarah Kanowski (Australian)

Sarah Kanowski

Sarah Kanowski hosts Conversations on ABC Radio and podcast, alongside Richard Fidler. She previously presented Books and Arts on ABC RN and was a producer on Late Night Live. Sarah won a Commonwealth Scholarship to study English at the University of Oxford, where she wrote a thesis on the Mosley family. She volunteered in Israel and South America, before moving to Hobart to edit the literary magazine Island. She now lives in Brisbane with her family and badly behaved chooks.