Poetry Recital (6-8 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): ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’ by Robert Frost ‘Jabberwocky’ by Lewis Caroll ‘Homework, …

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Your Original Poetry (6-8 Years)

Sometimes performing other peoples’ words just isn’t enough. What do you want to say through the spoken word? This category is very much about quality, rather than quantity! Make sure that every word is carefully chosen and expresses something unique and powerful. A written copy of your poem should be sent to us at …

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Prose Reading (6-8 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 2 minutes, including an introduction at the start of your time, which should last no more than 30 seconds. This introduction should help set the …

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Solo Acting (6-8 Years)

Choose an excerpt from your favourite play or monologue, lasting up to 3 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 …

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Public Speaking – Presenting an argument (6-8 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 6-8 Years category, you can speak on “Can children make a difference to the environment” or your own choice on the theme of the environment, lasting 2 minutes.

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