L&H Maidens' Mace

The Maidens’ Mace is the second annual internal novice debating competition organised by the L&H, and is held in early February each year. It is open to any student in their first year of university debating (meaning you can enter if you took part in the James Joyce Maidens' in September) and provides new and inexperienced debaters with another opportunity to get involved, and to hone their oratorical skills against others at their own level of experience.

The competition will be taking place over a number of evenings in February, and will begin with a show debate given by experienced debaters, and a workshop to teach speakers the basics of this form of debating. We will also offer a mentoring system, by means of which teams are given a more advanced speaker to help them, ensuring speakers new to the 'Mace' format will have someone to consult for ideas and reassurance prior to each round. There will also be handy tips about how to improve posted on the website, which will be updated nearer to the time.

This competition follows a different format to the James Joyce Maidens’. Each speaker competes as part of a two-person team, but don't worry if you can't find a team-mate, get in contact with Angela, the convenor, or come along on the evening and we'll pair you up with someone! The other important difference between the Maidens' Mace and the James Joyce Maidens' is that debates in "mace format" are impromptu, meaning the motion for debate is only released fifteen minutes before the debate. While this might sound scary initially, it helps to remember that everyone's in the same boat, and it's quite fun once you get into it!

The dates for this competition have yet to be finalised, but contact the convenor, Cathy, at maidensmace@literaryandhistorical.com if you have any questions, she'd love to hear from you.

The Maidens' Mace offers a great opportunity to get involved and to try something different - it is also a fantastic way to meet new people, with everyone retiring to the bar after the debates each week, it offers a chance to get to know other competitors.

If you're looking for a way to get involved in the society sooner than this, we send speakers to a number of inter-varsity competitions throughout the year, details of which can be found on the Competitions homepage.