Last week I attended the European Speechwriter Network Conference at Madgalen College Oxford. The conference was a hive of buzzing speechwriters sharing stories, tips, and techniques. These conferences always teach me so much more than I ever knew I could know about writing. Continue reading “The European Speechwriter Network Conference, Magdalen College Oxford”
Kevin Rudd’s apology to the Indigenous People of Australia is one of the best written political apology speeches of our time. This rhetorical commentary highlights some of these components and explains their use and effect.
The speech was delivered in the Australian Parliament in April 2008…
Last October I was invited to speak at Wake Forest University in North Carolina to graduate students in the Translation and Interpreting Studies Programme. I spoke about the relationship between speechwriters and interpreters and how both should learn how the other operates.
Following the recent election in Scotland we were called by the Scottish Parliament to run a series of training courses for the newly elected MSPs. The training course covered the basics of political speechwriting from the maiden speech to parliamentary debating. We had over 35 MSPs attend the courses from the SNP, Conservative, and Green parties. Continue reading “The Scottish Parliament”