Arts and culture

Sue Butler

9 September 2021

Weaponising Words
How to insult people effectively

In a world of media and political ‘spin’ we need to be aware of the ways words are weaponised to influence the reader and listener.

There are several ways of influencing debate with words. There is the blunt-weapon approach. Then more subtle ways which turn straightforward and positive meanings on their heads by the application of irony. Finally, to empty a word of all meaning and fill it with the meaning you want it to have against your opposition.

About the speaker

Sue Butler

Sue was the Editor of the Macquarie Dictionary, Australia’s national dictionary, and, as Editor, was largely responsible for the selection and writing of new words. In 2017 the Seventh Edition of the dictionary was published, with a revised and updated range of dictionaries in print, online and in digital and app forms. Susan retired as Editor at the end of 2017.

She has written The Dinkum Dictionary published in its third edition in 2009. In 2014 she wrote The Aitch Factor a commentary on usage matters in Australian English. She published an e-book called New Words Changes in Australian English in early 2020 and has published another book on language matters, Rebel without a Clause, in October 2020.

She is also a regular commentator on Australian English on radio, television and the internet and was a TEDxSydney speaker in 2015.
In 2021 she was a speaker at the Adelaide Writers’ Week. She is, as of June 2018, an Honorary Lecturer at the ANU in the College of Asia and the Pacific.
In June 2018, she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia.

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Arts and culture

Ray Kington & Bruce Spence

12 August 2021

COVID-19 & the Performing Arts

Performers such as actors and musicians are being particularly effected by COVID-19. We have two speakers who will brief us on what their respective organisations are doing to help address the plight of performers during the pandemic.

Bruce Spence, as Chairman of the Actors Benevolent Foundation, will explain the foundation’s work of providing assistance to actors, young and old, while Ray Kington, Station Manager at 2MBS Fine Music Sydney, will discuss how his radio station is supporting musicians and composers through awards, music education and the delivery of workshops and showcase broadcasts.

About the speakers

Bruce Spence

A renowned actor with a career spanning almost 50 years, including 100 films, multiple roles in theatre companies in Australia and internationally, as well as TV performances. Bruce Spence will tonight speak as Chairman of the Actors Benevolent Fund (ABF). He will explain the role of the ABF in providing multiple forms of assistance to actors, young and old, and all those associated with the Performing Arts during COVID-19 and beyond.

more about Bruce Spence /Actors Benevolent Fund

Ray Kington

A broadcast professional with a 23-year career in radio at stations including 4VL Charleville, Sun FM QLD, 3BA Ballarat, Hope 103.2 and most recently 2MBS Fine Music Sydney. In his role as Station Manager at 2MBS Fine Music Sydney, Ray is responsible for supporting music education and the promotion of Australian musicians and composers through a variety of award, scholarship and broadcast opportunities.

more about Ray Kington / Fine Music Sydney