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.

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    Composing your original poem in 6-8 Years category

    Perform from memory your own composition lasting no more than 2 minutes, but long enough to show variation and skillful use of language.

    You will need to provide us with a written copy of your poem, exactly as you plan to perform it, 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 

    • Effective and original use of language and form, which leaves an impression on the audience
    • Secure, well-memorised words
    • Clarity and audibility
    • 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 Your original poetry (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.

    Saturday 11 May at 0930 UTC / 1030 BST

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    Your Original Poetry (6-8 Years) – Sat 11 May 2024 (0930UTC / 1030BST)
    Part of a ‘Your Original Poetry’ session spanning our 9-11 Years and 12-14 Years age groups. Duration: 1 hour.
    £ 15.00
    20 available

    Thursday 16 May at 0900 UTC / 1000 BST

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    Your Original Poetry (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 1600 UTC / 1700 BST

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    Your Original Poetry (6-8 Years) – Sat 18 May 2024 (1600UTC / 1700BST)
    Part of our poetry slam event covering all categories and age groups. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes.
    £ 15.00
    29 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

    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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