James Joyce Maidens'

The James Joyce Maidens' Debating Competition, or "Maidens" is a debating competition hosted by the Literary & Historical Society and Lawsoc. It is open to any student who hasn't debated before at college level, offering those who are new to the activity a way to get involved without fear of more experienced speakers! As such, the competition is a great way to get involved in debating, without feeling out of your depth. The competition runs for a number of weeks throughout September and October, culminating in a showpiece black-tie final.


James Joyce Maidens' Trophy

The competition will begin with a mock debate and a workshop given by experienced speakers, allowing everyone see what a debate looks like, the structure of speeches, and the running order. The workshop will then explain the basics of debating, and some ways to structure your ideas, so there's no need to have had any experience of debating beforehand, all will be explained, with plenty of time for questions at the end. This introductory evening will be followed by drinks in the bar, and a chance to get to know your fellow competitors.


The format of the competition is particularly helpful to new speakers, as the topics of debates will be released approximately one week in advance, allowing time for speakers to research the given topic, and think about the sort of things they might like to discuss. Everyone speaks as an individual, so there's no pressure to find a teammate.


Entry is open to anyone who wants to try debating, improve their public speaking, or even just meet new people. Entry will open in Freshers' Week, so you can sign up at the L&H stand, by clicking here or by contacting Ben, the convenor, at maidens@literaryandhistorical.comSigning up means you'll receive details as to the date of the workshop and the first round of the competition, so you have nothing to lose!

For more information, please contact Ben at maidens@literaryandhistorical.com

Details as to the dates of the workshop and all rounds will be announced on the front page of this site in due course.