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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 Functions

The first social event for 2020 will be held Friday 13 March, at Clovely Estate, 210 Musgrave Rd, Red Hill. More detail will be posted shortly. Members and friends will receive an email invite with full details.

The next ESU event will be a Literary Lunch (12-2pm ) held Wednesday 22 April. Our first Literary Lunch is entitled Celebrating Shakespeare. A scene from Shakespeare and a selection of his sonnets will be performed by two experienced Shakespearean actors: Patsy McCarthy and Jillian Clare.

New functions will be publicized as the program for 2020 develops. Members and friends will receive an email invite with full details. Keep watching this page.


2019 ESU Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the English Speaking Union (Queensland Branch) was held Sunday 28 November 2019 at ESU House. Read the President’s report and other reports here…


2019 Functions

The ESU Queensland Branch held three successful evenings in 2019. 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 February 2020 newsletter…


ESU Roly Sussex Short Story Competition

Due to unforeseen circumstances the 2019 Roly Sussex Short Story Competition was cancelled.

The Competition will be held in 2020 and details will be released in the near future.

The English Speaking Union 2018 ESU Roly Sussex Short Story Competition were …

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