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 ….

2021 ESU Roly Sussex Short Story Competition

Entry is now open to the 2021 ESU Roly Sussex Short Story Competition. Terms, conditions, competition details and how to enter are available here …

Details on the winners of the 2020 Roly Sussex Short Story Competition can be viewed here…

2021 Program


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.
All members, their guests and friends are invited to join us at the United Service Club where guest speaker, Brian Lorigan, President, French-Australian Chamber of Commerce (Queensland) will present “Cool Britannia?” Read more

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…

Recent News

The 2021 Senior Public Speaking Grand Final competition was held 2 September. Barnabas Juhasz of Townsville Grammar School was this year’s winner.
Click Grand Finals for more details.

The 2021 ESU Roly Sussex Short Story Competition is now open for entries. This prized literary award is designed to foster original creative writing of outstanding quality, including experimental, challenging or thought-provoking work. Read more

The June 2021 newsletter from our President describing the activities of the Queensland Branch can be viewed here …



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