The Chapter House Speeches
from The Maugham Library
Eight Remove pupils have committed their speeches to memory and gave their performances before the judge, Martin Latham, the Events Manager at Waterstones, Canterbury.
A recording of the performances will be posted soon!
1st Prize
Zlata Lankina
‘Cool Girl’ monologue
Gone Girl, 2014
2nd Prize
Liza Barkova
‘Machines Can’t Think As People Do’
The Imitation Game, 2014

Judges Prize
Téa Sand
‘Brave warriors’ monologue
King Henry VI, Part 3 - Shakespeare, 1591
About The Maugham Library
The Maugham Library was built to house books left to King’s by former pupil and governor, Somerset Maugham (1874-1965), a fine writer of short stories, plays and novels. There is a fetching portrait of Maugham above the door of the room, and the desk at which he wrote several of his works is still in use.  Maugham was a boy at King’s from 1885 to 1889, and the central character of his first novel, Of Human Bondage (1915), went to The King's School, Tercanbury.
Anthony Lyons
Welcome from Kate Newsholme
It is a privilege to be able to hold our Speeches event in person this year, in spite of the ongoing pandemic restrictions that prevent us from having a live audience. In meeting this afternoon, we continue King’s long tradition of speech-making, and hopefully signal a fuller return to the lively and rich educational opportunities that we seek to offer to our pupils.
Today we welcome eight students from the Remove year, one from each individual English set, who will orate various passages of poetry, prose and drama. The rules are simple: each speech must be a minimum of 25 lines, the students can move during their oration, though this year’s lectern makes that somewhat risky, and their declamation must be delivered from memory. As ever, we will encounter a wide range of material, from modern film, to poetry, to classic political oration, making the judging an unenviable task. Two students will be awarded either first or second place, and there will also be a ‘Judge’s prize’, awarded to the student who presents something that is perhaps less conventionally delivered, or is deemed otherwise striking.
I would like to thank a returning judge, Martin Latham, Manger of Canterbury’s fabulous Waterstones store, and parent of OKS, Caspar Latham, for sharing his insight and expertise today. I would also like to thank Mr Lyons, who has generously helped me with the organising and presenting of this event for several years, adding his own particular flair to proceedings, as well as, in this year’s case, offering his wonderful classroom. Finally, on leaving King’s at the end of this term, I would like to note what a great pleasure it has been to oversee the Speeches event; I have had the privilege of working with some truly superb pupils, and to see their confidence grow as they have accomplished what is, for many, a truly daunting, as well as rewarding, task. I don’t doubt that speech-making at King’s will continue in the years to come, and I am honoured to have been some-time custodian of that tradition.
With all very best wishes,    
Kate Newsholme
Running Order
Téa Sand
‘Brave warriors’ monologue
King Henry VI, Part 3 - Shakespeare, 1591

Charlotte Hiller
extracts from Lady Macbeth
Macbeth, Shakespeare, 1606

Liza Barkova
‘Machines Can’t Think As People Do’
The Imitation Game, 2014
Zlata Lankina
‘Cool Girl’ monologue
Gone Girl, 2014
Hal Kingsland
‘We shall fight on the beaches’
Winston Churchill, 1940
Kunal Checker
‘I don’t want to be an emperor’
The Great Dictator, 1940
Trajan Majomi
from Endymion
John Keats, 1818
Bogdan Radochinskii
‘The Seven Ages of Man’
As You Like It, Shakespeare, 1599
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