You can find the texts and a pronunciation guide for the 2012 Hong Kong Speech Festival poems below…
- And Even Now – Dorothy Livesay
- Autumn Woods – James S. Tippett
- Breakfast – P.H. Kilby
- Dear Mum – Brian Patten
- Haircut – Michael Harrison
- Isn’t It Amazing – Max Fatchen
- It’s Not What I’m Used To – Jan Dean
- Missing Important Things – Peter Dixon
- My Baby Brother’s Secrets – John Foster
- Nobody Rides the Unicorn – Adrian Mitchell
- Nursery Rhyme – Robin Mellor
- Some One – Walter de la Mare
- Song of the Kite – Judith Nicholls
- Storm – Roger McGough
- The Boy Who Dropped Litter – Lindsay MacRae
- The First Bit – Coral Rumble
- The Railway Children – Seamus Heaney
- The Shooting Stars – James Carter
- The Swing – Robert Louis Stevenson
- There Are Big Waves – Elanor Farjeon
- Town Dog – David Orme
- Until I Saw the Sea – Lilian Moore
Below are some tips to help you give a good performance!
- Make sure you understand your poem. Ask for help if there are any words you don’t know. Think about when and where the poem is set. What is the message? The meaning?
- Try to find out about the author.
- Make sure you can remember your poem well. Read it aloud, practice at home, write it down and learn it line-by-line, piece-by-piece. Perform your poem for your mom, dad, helper, grandparents, cat, dog, me – anyone who will listen.
- Use expression and intonation carefully. This means you should show some emotion and use your voice to match your poem. Express the exciting parts, sad parts and happy parts. However, don’t get over-excited and try to keep your body and hands still – most judges do not like actions or body language.
- Take breaks, relax, don’t be nervous. Take a deep breath before reading!
- Go to howjsay.com for help with pronunciation or download this video as an MP3 to your computer/ipod/phone.
- Find more tips and advice here: http://bit.ly/R0nVwJ and here.
Below is a 2010 presentation on the Hong Kong Speech Festival, shared with permission from HKU’s Gary Harfitt…
– Mr Tom.