SPEECH FESTIVAL: Nobody Rides the Unicorn – Adrian Mitchell

Speech 2012 Festival Poem:┬áNobody Rides the Unicorn – Adrian Mitchell

This video is a pronunciation guide for the Hong Kong 2012 Speech Festival poems – it is to demonstrate articulation only, performers should decide on how to deliver the poem!

Nobody Rides the Unicorn

His coat is like snowflakes

Woven with silk.

When he goes galloping

He flows like milk.


His life is all gentle

And his heart is bold.

His single horn is magical

Barley sugar gold.


Nobody rides the Unicorn

As he grazes under a secret sun.

His understanding is so great

That he forgives us, every one.


Nobody rides the Unicorn

His mind is peaceful as the grass.

He is the loveliest one of all

And he sleeps behind the waterfall.

Here are a few useful tips…

  • 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…

Good luck!

– Mr Tom.

Speech Festival 2012