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Novel Competition

Swindon Speakers Club – Novel Competition

  1. The competition requires contestants to concentrate on the audible and not the visible techniques of speaking. The obvious use of notes or a full script will not disadvantage any speaker, nor will the lack of gestures.
  2. Contestants are required to write a completely original novelette of approximately 5 minutes duration. The title of the piece will be declared, as will the type; e.g. adventure, romance, historical, thriller, ghost, sci-fi etc. Any contestant who uses another author’s work or characters will be eliminated.
  3. Each contestant will be given 3 minutes exactly to present a reading of his/her novelette during which time the contestant should establish the plot, the period of the story and introduce the principal characters.
  4. The purpose of the presentation is to convince the audience that they want to know what happens next; i.e. they want to hear the rest of the story.
  5. Lights will be displayed as follows:

swindon speakersGreen           1 Minute 30 seconds

Amber          2 minutes

Red              2 minutes 50 seconds

Red OFF     at 3 minutes exactly

At which point the Chairperson will stop the contestant from speaking further.

 

  • (The Club winners will be voted on by the whole audience)
  •  The Winner will represent the Club at the District Competition in the autumn
  • At the District Meeting the winner will be decided by a panel of judges representing the three areas of the District. The winner will be required to recount the complete novelette.

NB: Note to competitors: Notification of the names of the contestants is not required prior to the day of the event. On arrival at the venue, the contestants should make themselves known in good time to the Chairperson of the competition.

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New dates added!

Open for the summer.

Swindon Speakers have always closed over the summer, to get a feel for a whole new year (think of it like the summer school holidays) but this year we are going against tradition!

Swindon Speakers are here for our members and after our last AGM and a very keen bunch of speakers, we have decided to keep our club open over the summer.

Now to make sure that we do not ‘over egg’ our members, and we are aware of holidays, children and other summer commitments such as Bar-Be-Ques so we have decided to roll out slowly at first. We are going to stay open over July with a view to run through August as well. So we want you to add;

13th July 2017

27th July 2017

– to your diaries. We will still run the club from 7.30pm until 10.00pm and we will continue to meet at The Blunsdon House Hotel, Swindon. New members are more than welcome to come and try out our new programme for free (and to stay on for our next season if you like us).

As the Summer holidays are a new thing to us, we also want to try something new at the club. For the 2 months over summer we are going to be calling our summer meetings “Speaker Extra.” We want to be doing less of the formal club business and instead concentrate on delivering more training and allowing Assessment speeches to be practised and completed. These extra dates will allow the club to set up for a great 2017-2018!

Dress code will be summer wear only, sandals and surf boards are optional.

It will be great to see you all there!