SPEECH FESTIVAL: Town Dog – David Orme

Speech 2012 Festival Poem: Town Dog – David Orme

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!

Town Dog

I’m a town dog.
Usually I walk on a lead with my mistress;
I let children pat my head,
And politely use the gutter.
But sometimes,
When it’s
and dark
and shiny
and shadowy
and everyone is in bed,
I let myself out of the house
(Turning the key in my teeth),
Wearing my wolf’s head
And my extra sharp fangs,
And I run and run
And have thrilling moonlit adventures.
And in the morning she says
Who left the door open?’
Look at that lazy dog. He needs more exercise!’

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