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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 ….


2019 Functions

The ESU Queensland Branch has held three successful evening so far this year. In April Hugh O’Brien spoke on the topic, “Putting Words in Other People’s Mouths” and in May Noel Stallard presented a wonderful array of bush poet. In July the annual Churchill Address was held. Mr John Thompson-Grey presented “Churchill, the Scientist”. The audience thoroughly enjoyed all performances. John’s presentation can be read here.

Some feedback received was:

Hugh is a polished orator, entertaining the audience with a humorous account of his television advertising material, screenplays and speech writing experiences. Time prevented more questions to Hugh. So glad I attended.

It was an exceptionally enjoyable evening and Noel’s performance was very engaging. Guests would’ve happily stayed much longer listening to his performance.

John, you did an outstanding job. The research was meticulous, the message clear and incisive, but above all you are a gifted storyteller. I am sure that everybody, like me, went away feeling that they had learnt many new things, and in a way which was likely to stick in the memory. Winston himself would have been impressed.


ESU Newsletters

Each quarter the English Speaking Union posts a newsletter to keep members and friends informed on activities and events. Read the December 2018 newsletter…


2018 ESU Roly Sussex Short Story Award Winners

The English Speaking Union winners of the 2018 ESU Roly Sussex Short Story Competition are: Open Category First Prize winner is Jeanette O’Shea (Queensland), with her story “Remember” and the Secondary Schools winner is Katie Wainwright (Queensland) with her story, “Wrought”. For more prize winners and highly commended winners … read more …

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