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The English Speaking Union (QLD)

The English-Speaking Union (ESU) is an international educational charity dedicated to promoting international understanding and human achievement through English.

The English-Speaking Union (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. The events include: Public Speaking Competitions – Juniors and Seniors; the annual Churchill lecture dinner and a series of cultural awareness conversations. Read more ….


2020 ESU Roly Sussex Short Story Competition

Winners in the 2020 ESU Roly Sussex Short Story Competition were announced in February 2021. The Open Category winner was Craig Cormick, from the ACT and Second Place was Katrina Watson from Victoria. The Secondary Schools Category winner was Lara Kenny from Queensland and Second Place was awarded to Harry Walsh from Queensland. Full details of the winners in each category can be viewed here…

Details of the 2021 English-Speaking Union Roly Sussex Short Story Competition will be posted in the near future.


2021 Program

Events

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.

Come and enjoy good fellowship, discussion and an entertaining social evening. Events listed below should be added to your diaries.

Friday 5 March – Shakespeare’s Women.
Presenters are Patsy McCarthy and Jillian Clare.

Friday 26 March – Political Language
The language of politics. Guest Speaker Madonna King.

Friday 30 April – Playwriting.
How to write a funny play. Guest Speaker Hugh O’Brien
All members, their guests and friends are invited to join us at 66 on Ernest, South Brisbane.

Full details are available at https://www.esu.org.au/2021-events/

Friday 30 July – The Churchill Lecture.
Our guest speaker will provide an insight to the historic event. Guest speaker TBA.

Full details of our events are available here…


Secondary Schools Public Speaking Competition

The English-Speaking Union (Queensland Branch) competition requires students to speak on a subject of their choice inspired by a broad ESU nominated topic connected to ESU’s philosophy. The specific 2021 Heat nominated topic for each level is shown below. Students in the Grand Finals will speak to new nominated topics for the required Prepared speaking section and then an Impromptu speaking section. Each student will receive valuable oral feedback from our judges on the night of speech presentation.

Full details of the SE Queensland competition including dates, nomination form and entry payment can be found here…

We are excited to announce that, for the first time, our ESU Secondary Schools Public Speaking competition 2021 will be expanded to welcome students from North Queensland. The North Queensland competition will be co-ordinated from Townsville by Ms Joanne Kuene and centred at the Pimlico State High School. Heats and a North Queensland Final will take place in Townsville. The Winner of each level (Senior, Intermediate and Junior) in North Queensland will fly to Brisbane for the Grand Final.

Full details of the North Queensland competition including dates, nomination form and entry payment can be found here…

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