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 AGM

The 2020 Annual General Meeting of the English Speaking Union (Queensland Branch) will be held Sunday 22 November 2020 Clovely Estate City Cellar Door 210 Musgrave Road Red Hill Brisbane.
Members can download the agenda and meeting papers here ….

2020 ESU Roly Sussex Short Story Competition

Entries to the 2020 ESU Roly Sussex Short Story Competition have now CLOSED. This prized literary award was launched in 2012. It is designed to foster original creative writing of outstanding quality, including experimental, challenging or thought-provoking work. Submissions closed 31 October 2020. The judges are now considering the entries and announcement of the winners is expected on 30 November 2020.

2020 Functions


On 1 November the ESU (Queensland Branch) held its first meeting in what we hope will become the post-Covid era at Clovely Estate in Red Hill, Brisbane. The format of the evening was something new to us, and was the invention of Caroline Hatcher: drinks and conversation, followed by three speakers choosing an English writer and addressing the question: “Which writer has had the greatest impact on the English language?”. The speakers were, in order of presenting:

Roly Sussex: William Tyndale, Bible translator and language innovator
Caroline Hatcher: Charles Dickens, novelist and social reformer
John Thompson-Gray, Charles Sanders Pierce, philosopher and polymath

The audience asked numerous questions and showed great interest in the information presented on the three selected English writers.

Members expressed their strong satisfaction that the ESU (Queensland Branch) was now back into its familiar and valued pattern of social-cultural events. To listen to the speeches and discover more information click here…

ESU Newsletters

Each quarter the English Speaking Union posts a newsletter to keep members and friends informed on activities and events. Read the October 2020 newsletter…

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