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Take part in the ESU Festival of Speaking!

Erin Young

University student

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The ESU helps young people become confident communicators and, in these testing times when most schooling is online, students will benefit from developing their speaking skills more than ever before.

All students from primary upwards are invited to film themselves in a short video (1-5 minutes) delivering a speech, a poem, a monologue etc and post it on a social media platform of their choice using the hashtag #esufestivalofspeaking.

You are free to talk about whichever subject you choose but if you’re stuck for ideas, this week’s theme is: ‘What I have learnt from lockdown’. Perhaps it’s how much you value your friends or how much you take for granted in your life but whatever it is, we want to hear from you! 

See other entries here and remember, this is not a competition and there are no winners – it is a celebration of the voices of young people – so there are no rules that have to be obeyed!

For some general information on how to take part and how to make your video, please click here. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at


There are three main ways to get involved. Whichever you choose, remember to post your film on the social media platform of your choice using the hashtag #esufestivalofspeaking


Tell us about something you care about, or read us a poem you love.

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Film yourself performing a monologue or duologue from any of Shakespeare’s plays.

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Show us that it is possible to bring your family together through argument!

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Plan. Practise. Perform. Post. Wherever you post, don’t forget to use the hashtag #esufestivalofspeaking

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