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An Afternoon of Stories

Further to the successful Raconteur afternoon held in Dundee in November 2017, Kirkcaldy Speakers Club are delighted to be hosting this years event on Saturday 27th of October at the Dean Park Hotel, Kirkcaldy form 1 - 4.30pm. The raconteur afternoon is open to all Scottish Speakers Clubs, with story tellers being invited to narrate their stories to a wider audience than that normally attained at their individual clubs. Stories can be fact or fiction, serious or funny. The audience will vote for their favourites and the top 3 will receive medals. It will be a fun afternoon with no ASC rues being applied to the speakers (no timing and no lights, no evaluations). Jackie Mafi (National President) will be chairing the afternoon. Family members and friends are warmly invited to attend as part of the audience. Cost is £5 which includes refreshments.

To register interest or for further information please contact Jan Lowe at janlowe164@gmail.com

District Competition

Central District Speech Contest was won by Cally Fitzsimmons from Kirkcaldy Speakers Club. Cally has been in the club for just 1 year. Her speech was entitled 'My dead strange life' - the story of how from an early age she knew she wanted to work in the funeral business. Now an accredited Celebrant, Cally joined 'speakers' to improve her skills in public speaking and under the guidance and with the support from longstanding speakers Cally has become a confident and capable speaker.

Congratulations to Cally and good luck at the national Speech Contest.


Nervous about speaking in public? YOU ARE NOT ALONE! But we can help...

Prince Harry has revealed that he feels "incredibly nervous" before making speeches and anxious when he enters a room full of people.

He was speaking in a video as part of a campaign run by his Sentebale charity to help reduce the stigma associated with HIV.  The "Feel No Shame" films are being released to mark World Aids Day.  Singers Nicole Scherzinger and Paloma Faith, and actress Gemma Arterton have also made videos confessions.

In his message, Harry said: "My secret is, believe it or not, I get incredibly nervous before public speaking, no matter how big the crowd or the audience.   "And despite the fact that I laugh and joke all the time, I get incredibly nervous, if not anxious actually, before going into rooms full of people when I'm wearing a suit."

The prince co-founded Sentebale in 2006 in Lesotho after travelling around the southern African country. It has the third highest HIV/Aids prevalence in the world and many children and young adults have the disease themselves, or have lost parents to it.

The campaign aims to encourage people with HIV to seek medical support and education about their condition, and prevent the virus from spreading.

'Even more worried'

Dressed in a sweatshirt, Harry added: "Now I've confessed that, I'll probably be even more worried that people are looking at me, but thank you very much everyone who is taking part."

Prince Harry launched the campaign in another video and asked members of the public to share their own secrets via social media in exchange for his confession.   He said: "To show our support for the children of Lesotho, and help reduce the stigma for all those affected by HIV, we are turning this World Aids Day into a day in which no-one should feel any shame about their secrets.   "Together, we can tackle the stigma surrounding HIV and give the young people carrying it the childhood they deserve, the childhood so many of us take for granted."

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