Poetry Recital (12-14 Years)

Perform words written by some of the greatest wordsmiths ever, from the 18th to the 21st centuries. Poems must be performed from memory. Choose one poem from the following (links are to external sites, and open in a new tab): ‘The Listeners’ by Walter de la Mare ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ by Wilfred Owen ‘The …

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Shakespeare Sonnet (12-14 Years)

“Thou dost speak masterly!” Shakespeare’s sonnets are revered for a reason: infinities are explored in just fourteen lines ... In this category, you can perform any of Shakespeare’s sonnets from memory. Your choice could be any one from his quarto of 154 sonnets, or any complete sonnet from his plays.

Prose Reading (12-14 Years)

This year, we’re letting you roam through the entirety of prose fiction, to choose an excerpt from any fiction book originally written in the English language. Your excerpt should last 3 minutes, including an introduction at the start of your time, which should last no more than 30 seconds. This introduction should help set the scene …

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Solo Acting (12-14 Years)

Choose an excerpt from your favourite play or monologue, lasting 4 minutes. A copy of the reading must be sent to us at by 30 April 2023. At the International Oratory Festival, our focus is on the words. Please don’t wear any special costumes, just dress as you would for any other category.

Public Speaking – Presenting an argument (12-14 Years)

Candidates can choose to give a persuasive speech presenting one side of the issue (for or against) or a balanced argument considering both sides. In the 12-14 Years category, you should speak on you own choice on a contemporary moral or ethical issue, lasting 4 minutes.

Public Speaking – Impromptu (12-14 Years)

You’ll speak for 4 minutes on an exciting general interest topic which will be given to you by the festival organisers 10 minutes before you speak. This is the perfect category for everyone who likes debating or thinking on your feet.

News Report (12-14 Years)

Reporting on an exciting news story is a thrilling challenge for our final new category in our May 2023 Oratory Festival. But it’s also the gateway to a career as a journalist, one of the world’s most interesting and important jobs. From local problems like litter on your street or problems with your public transport …

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Enter 5 categories for £37.50 (12-14 Years)

You can choose to enter 5 of the following 9 categories for 12-14 year olds: Poetry recital (12-14 Years) Your original poetry (12-14 Years) Shakespeare Sonnet (12-14 Years) Prose reading (12-14 Years) Solo acting (12-14 Years) Public Speaking – Presenting an Argument (12-14 Years) Public Speaking – Speaking to Inform (12-14 Years) Public Speaking – …

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