The English Speaking Union (QLD Branch)

The English-Speaking Union (ESU) is an international educational charity dedicated to promoting international understanding and human achievement through English. The ESU Queensland Branch is a non-for-profit organisation lead by a board, supported by members and volunteers and has an active program of events in support of its objectives. These include:


Coming Up in 2022

The English-Speaking Union (Queensland Branch) invites all members, their guests and friends to a number of events throughout the year in pursuit of our organisational objective to promote understanding and communication in and about the English language and culture especially in Australia through education, social events and scholarship.

See what’s on for the rest of the year via our Events page.


On Thursday 5 May, join ESU QLD President, Roly Sussex, along with Jasmine McGaughey and Ruth Davies for a grammar-focussed panel discussion as part of the Brisbane Writers Festival. Click here for further information.


Enjoy an evening of fine fare and entertainment as members of the Communication, Speech and Performance Teachers Inc. regale us with a scintillating performance program of Australian poetry. Featuring live performances of selections of poetry from the body of work of three of our finest poets, the late and celebrated, Les Murray, Bruce Dawe and Clive James.

66 on Ernest (66 Ernest St, South Brisbane)

Register via Eventbrite HERE.

Ticket sales close Sunday 1 May.

Secondary Schools Public Speaking Competition

Dates, topics and information about entry for the 2022 competitions are now available:

Roly Sussex Short Story Competition

Entries open soon for the 2022 ESU Roly Sussex Short Story Competition. Further details will be available via our website and Facebook page once published.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 competition: you can review the winning entries here.

Events Update

Friday 25 March 2022


Miegunyah Historic Home, 34 Jordon Tce, Bowen Hills

ESU QLD President and Emeritus Professor Roly Sussex explored how taboos can differ between societies and the recent example of new taboo-making involving political correctness, which has created many “no-go” areas, and has brought about significant changes in how we use language.

This first event of 2022 was a high-spirited and stimulating cocktail party featuring a presentation by our President Roly Sussex. Set within the walls of the beautiful stateley home of Miegunyah, guests enjoyed drinks and canapes on its spacious verandahs before taking their seats inside for Roly’s lecture within Miegunyah’s elegant dining room.

The lecture certainly flavoured discussion both serious and humorous throughout the evening: meanwhile, a storm raged on outside and Miegunyah’s hosts managed our guests with such aplomb and calmness.

As one guest suggested: “such a wonderful evening in this beautiful home.”


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