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The English-Speaking Union was founded as a membership organisation, bringing together those who share a belief that better communication makes for better global understanding. Today, we have over 5,000 members in 36 regional branches across England and Wales who meet to socialise, gain new perspectives on the world and to help organise and raise funds for our educational work.

We are hugely grateful to our branches, which are central to the running of our Public Speaking and Performing Shakespeare competitions. Some also run their own, complementary, oracy programmes and many choose to sponsor local schools to take part in our Discover Debating programme or Discover Your Voice workshops.

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London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com    …

Reflections on Westminster

Lincoln & Lincolnshire

It is fair to say that the Government and possibly Parliament is, once again, facing a crisis in its relationship with the nation. The Owen Paterson affair is just one example of behaviour which is at odds with the public view of what is acceptable by our politicians. Is Westminster…

London branch talk: The Traitor King: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor in Exile by Andrew Lownie

London

Sunday Times bestselling author Andrew Lownie ESU SSE Alumnus will discuss his new book The Traitor King: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor in Exile.  The book examines the years following the abdication of Edward VIII when the former king was kept in exile, feuding with his family over status for his…

Dame Sara Thornton in conversation with Alastair Niven SAVE THE DATE

London

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com    …

Save the date for a Sunday Debate at Dartmouth House, 23rd January 2022, 4pm

London

‘This House believes that Covid-19 demonstrates that we should prioritise security and safety over individual liberty.’ We look forward to inviting ESU members to Dartmouth House to enjoy a lively show debate on Sunday 23rd January 2022, 4pm. Among those debating in Mace format will be David Langwallner, Barrister at…

Matthew Rycroft in conversation with Alastair Niven

London

Matthew Rycroft CBE is the Permanent Secretary at the Home Office. This is the most senior civil service position in perhaps the most complex and controversial of all UK government departments. In this conversation with Alastair Niven, Matthew will talk about the challenges of working on immigration, crime and many…

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com    …

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com    …

English-Speaking Union Spring lunch

London

A celebratory talk by Katya Galitzine on her mother’s life as a Dior Model in the 1950s. This will be followed by a Champagne lunch. The event will be held on Tuesday 22nd March at 11.30am at Dartmouth House in Mayfair (close to Green Park tube station).

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com    …

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com    …

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com    …

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com    …

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com    …

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com    …

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com    …

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com    …

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com    …

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com    …

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