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Andres Dubus III Event


Wednesday, November 12, 6 o'clock
Eight Park Street, Boston

ESU recognizes writers with a distinct voice that when combined with extraordinary use of the English language produces writing that can be most memorable and profound, enlightening and entertaining and extremely worthy of a reader's concentrated attention. Such is the voice of our ESU Author of the Year Andre Dubus Ill.


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ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE For teen from Scituate High School

New York City, May 5, 2014 -- Captivating audiences with a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, John Duff from Scituate, Massachusetts, a student of Ty Lemerande at Scituate High School in Scituate, placed as a semi-finalist in the 31st annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition.  The Competition was held on May 5th at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City for 58 winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide. John had previously won the ESU Boston Branch regional competition. 

John Duff, semi-finalist in the 2014 English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City.


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Annual Garden Party

The Boston Branch of
The English-Speaking Union
Cordially invites you to a
Festive Garden Party and Champagne Reception.

The event will be held at the lovely home of
Eli and Jody Dow
3:00 P.M. Rain or shine
Sunday, June 8, 2014

The proceeds from this annual garden party, our major fundraiser, are to benefit the ESU Education Fund, which supports the Shakespeare Competition for high school students. More than 20,000 talented teenagers from schools in the Greater Boston area have participated in this annual educational event over the last 30 years.


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Evelyn Wrench Speaker Adrian Tinniswood

The Boston Branch of the English-Speaking Union
in cooperation with the Boston Athenaeum
10 ½ Beacon Street, Boston

presents the ESU's 2014 Evelyn Wrench Speaker

 Adrian Tinniswood, OBE

speaking on his new book, The Rainborowes

More than a century before the American Revolution, Bostonians—and Boston ideals—played a role in overthrowing another English king.  The Rainborowes bridges two generations and two worlds as it carries the reader back and forth across the Atlantic, between Boston and England, weaving together the lives of different members of the Rainborowe clan (including members of other prominent Boston families to whom they were related) as they struggle to forge a better life for themselves and a better future for humankind in the New World and in the Old, as colonists, entrepreneurs and idealists. The narrative unfolds between 1630 and 1660 – a time which shattered England and shaped America – and follows the fortunes of William Rainborowe, a formidable merchant-mariner and shipmaster, and his equally formidable sons and daughters. As it does, the reader comes to know and understand not only the lives and loves of a single family, but the dreams of an entire culture – confused and chaotic, catching hold of hope and losing its grip on old certainties.


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National Shakespeare Competition

The 31st ESU Shakespeare Competition for High School Students is pleased to announce the following students:

Claire Glover
Esha Nihoff Asser
Gabrielle Farrah
Josh Champagne
Caroline Clancy
Jack Duff
Jacqueline Balter
Samantha Marchiony
Victoria Greenwald
Oliver Hernandez

will be moving onto the Boston Finals  to be held on Saturday, March 1 1pm to 4pm at

The Semel Theater
on the 3rd floor of
The Tufte Performance Center
Emerson College, Boston

10 Boylston Place
Boston 02116
(Boylston Place is a pedestrian walkway located off Boylston Street, halfway between Charles Street and Tremont Street.)

 Click Here for directions & parking

Your participation will provide vital support and enthusiasm for our cast of brave and brilliant students and your hopes for the next generation will be enhanced by seeing these young people in action doing important work.  It is by no means an accident that our past contestants have gone onto illustrious careers in academia, the professions and industry.  You will be the better for joining us at this final.


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