Rochdale Rostrum

Programme 2018/19


24 September 2018

Welcome evening & introductions

Lecturer: Wajida Bukhari

Topic: Introductions - Why come to Rostrum?


1 October 2018

Nerves, getting the butterflies in formation

Lecturer: Kevin Hawkins

Topic: Reading an extract


8 October 2018

Notes and Structure

Lecturer: Alan Williams

Topic: Poetry reading


15 October 2018

Engage the audience, add interest, gestures

Lecturer: John Rowe

Topic: A good night out


22 October 2018

Stand and deliver - developing your own style

Lecturer: Wajida Bukhari

Topic: Knowing me, knowing you


29 October 2018

Introducing humour, benefits and pitfalls

Lecturer: Kevin Hawkins

Topic: Holiday from hell


5 November 2018

Practise, polish, perfect, personalise

Lecturer: Alan Calow

Topic: Can you believe it!


12 November 2018

Guest Speaker - My Public Speaking Experience

Lecturer: John Peers

Topic: Spinning a yarn


19 November 2018

David Bruce Trophy: Humorous Speech

Lecturer: William Sheldon

Topic: Free Choice (Humorous)


26 November 2018

Christmas Trophy: "Most Progress this Term"

Lecturer: Ian Schofield

Topic: T'was the night before Christmas


3 December 2018

Christmas Dinner


21 January 2019

Call My Bluff

Lecturer: Ian Schofield


28 January 2019


Lecturer: Kevin Hawkins

Topic: My Worst job EVER!


4 February 2019

Knowing Your Audience

Lecturer: Patricia Russell

Topic: My Mission is to play...


11 February 2019

Powerpoint with pictures

Lecturer: Stuart Sager

Topic: PechaKucha


18 February 2019

Microphone Techniques

Lecturer: Alan Calow

Topic: Who wants to be a millionaire?


25 February 2019

Formal Speaking

Lecturer: Alan Williams

Topic: Acceptance Speech


4 March 2019

Pitch, pause, pace, the importance of rhythm

Lecturer: John Rowe

Topic: On the pitch


11 March 2019

Impromptu Speaking

Lecturer: Kevin Hawkins

Topic: Impromptu


18 March 2019

Keith Greenhalgh Trophy

Topic: Impromptu


25 March 2019

AGM + Awarding of the Pat McKenna Trophy


Contact Information

Rochdale Rostrum Club

Royal Toby Hotel
Manchester Road
OL11 3HF

Tel: 01706 345446

Meeting times

Mondays 7:30pm - 9:30pm