We at ESU Scotland were very excited at being given the opportunity to host the last World Members’ Conference in Edinburgh in September 2008. Over 250 delegates from 31 countries attended.

 ESU World 2008

ESU Scotland runs an annual National Schools Public Speaking Competition. This competition is primarily for school students in S3-S4 and is entered by around 70 schools in Scotland each year. For details of the 2013-14 competition, please call the Head of Speech and Debate at the office on 0131 229 1528 or email debates@esuscotland.org.uk.

2012-13 Schools Public Speaking Competition

This year's Public Speaking Competition started with the regional heats in March 2013. The final took place at Riddle's Court, 322 Lawnmarket, on Saturday 22nd June. The theme was "All's fair in love and war!", and 10 speakers contested the title before a panel of judges including Marco Biagi, MSP. Kyle Spencer, of Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen, was adjudged the victor, whilst Alistair McLaren from St Mary's Music School was the runner-up, and Charlotte Beckham from Beaconhurst School received an Honourable Mention in a competition of the highest quality.

The 2014 Edinburgh Competition Festival

If you are interested in other forms of public speaking, then the Edinburgh Competition Festival Association runs an annual festival which provides an opportunity for amateur musicians and speakers of all ages to perform their pieces in a friendly environment and, along with other performers of a similar ability, receive constructive feedback and advice from a specialist adjudicator There are different categories to enter, for verse, prose reading, drama and reading from Sacred Texts. The festival will be held from 5th to 15th March 2014. Further details will be released at the end of September on the ECFest website.

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