Prose Reading (6-8 Years)

Roam through the entirety of prose fiction, to choose an excerpt from any non-dramatic work of prose fiction. Novels, short stories or (for our 6-8 Years group) picture books are all possibilities. You can choose either a work originally written in English, or read a work from another language in an officially published English translation.

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    Choosing your prose excerpt for 6-8 Years

    Perform an excerpt from a novel, short story or picture book, lasting 1 to 2 minutes (including your introduction)

    • Your selection should include both narrative and dialogue.
    • Choose a story that you have read in full, and that you really enjoy.
    • At the start of your time, you need to give a brief introduction to your excerpt, lasting no more than 30 seconds. This should help set the scene for members of the audience who aren’t familar with the story, and don’t know what’s already happened.
    • Finally, you should read your excerpt from a copy of the book (either on paper or an electronic device), which you should be holding in front of you. This category rewards the important skill of reading engagingly from a book, rather than the different skill of memorising a text (which you can demonstrate in our poetry and solo acting categories).

    You will need to provide us with a copy of your extract, and details of the title and author by 30 April 2024. You will be sent full information about how to do this after the main entry deadline on 8 April 2024.

    What we reward 

    • An engaging and helpful introduction
    • Familiarity with the text (to be read from a book, not memorised)
    • Clarity, audibility and eye contact
    • Sensitivity to, and capturing of, the mood
    • Clear differentiation between narrative and dialogue
    • Vocal variety which engages the audience and adds power to the words
    • Thoughtful and appropriate use of pause
    • Facial expressions which support the successful communication of the words

    Enter as an individual

    Individuals can enter Prose reading (6-8 Years) in one of the events below. A session given as 0800 UTC / 0900 BST starts at 0800 Coordinated Universal Time (formerly known as ‘Greenwich Mean Time’) and 0900 British Summer Time.

    • Events with a red border take place in the afternoon/evening in Asia and Australasia, and in the morning in Europe and Africa
    • Events with a blue border take place in the afternoon/evening in Europe and Africa, and in the morning or early afternoon in the Americas
    • If you’re confused about timings and time zones, you can read more about festival scheduling.

    Sunday 12 May at 1600 UTC / 1700 BST

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    Prose Reading (6-8 Years) – Sun 12 May 2024 (1600UTC / 1700BST)
    Part of an event for ‘Prose Reading’ and ‘Solo Acting’ across all age groups. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes.
    £ 15.00
    28 available

    Thursday 16 May at 0900 UTC / 1000 BST

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    Prose Reading (6-8 Years) – Thu 16 May 2024 (0900UTC / 1000BST)
    Part of our special event spanning poetry, prose and acting across all age groups. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes.
    £ 15.00
    28 available

    Saturday 18 May at 0930 UTC / 1030 BST

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    Prose Reading (6-8 Years) – Sat 18 May 2024 (0930UTC / 1030BST)
    Part of a ‘Prose Reading’ event for our 6-8 Years and 9-11 Years age groups. Duration: 1 hour.
    £ 15.00
    20 available

    Sunday 19 May at 0800 UTC / 0900 BST

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    Prose Reading (6-8 Years) – Sun 19 May 2024 (0800UTC / 0900BST)
    Part of our ‘Prose Reading’ event for our 6-8 Years and 9-11 Years age groups. Duration: 1 hour.
    £ 15.00
    19 available

    You will be asked to provide more information about the entrant (name, date of birth, any special educational needs or disabilities) before you check out.

    Once you’ve entered, you can start getting ready for your session. You can use our handy tips to prepare for the Festival. Or why not book one of our 1-to-1 or small group practice sessions?

    Enter a group

    Schools and clubs are encouraged to email entries@oratoryfestival.com or to fill in our online form to book a group session where each entry costs £10 (£5 less than our individual rate), with a minimum cost per session of £100. For institutions wanting to make over 20 entries, we can work with you to arrange an additional discount.

    In previous years, we’ve had everything from a small club of 6 students, to institutions with over 150 entries, maximising participation in oratory from across their school. This year, if you like, we can also try to pair you with another group from a different country.

    In any one session, you can enter both different age groups and any mix of categories across either Poetry/Prose/Acting or Public Speaking/News. Sessions longer than an hour can be broken up so each student doesn’t have to be on the Zoom call for too long.

    Age ranges and rules

    • All entries are subject to our friendly and encouraging rules.
    • Entrants must be within the age bands on the first day of the festival. For example, to qualify as “6-8 Years Old”, you must have your 6th birthday on or before 9 May 2024, and your 9th birthday must be after 9 May 2024.

    Book an online coaching session

    Would you like to book a Zoom coaching session for some extra help preparing for the Festival? One of our fun and engaging expert coaches will help you practise for your category in 1-on-1 Zoom sessions, or with up to three of your friends. You’ll build your skills, and gain confidence for your Festival performance.

    • Coaching costs £25 per 30 minute session, or
    • £25 per session £20 per 30 minute session: Get £5 off every half hour coaching session if you purchase them at the same time as entering any of our Oratory Festival categories! (Discounts will be applied at the checkout, you can book as many coaching sessions as you like).
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    30-minute coaching session on Zoom
    A 30-minute session on Zoom, with one of our expert and engaging coaches. For you and up to 3 friends. You can provide details about what you’d like to work on before you check out, and also tell us some times (before 8 May 2024) when you’d like to schedule the sessions. We’ll then get in touch with you by email to arrange exact dates and times.
    £ 25.00
    Unlimited

    How we support writers

    Our membership of BIFF (the British & International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech) means that the copyright permissions for your performance are all taken care of through an arrangement with the Authors’ Licensing and Copyright Society, and the author will receive payment for use of their work where appropriate.

    Any questions?

    If you’ve any questions about entering this category, or anything else to do with the International Oratory Festival, you can contact us at entries@oratoryfestival.com, or by using the form below.

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