Search

Bromley student challenges misogyny and wins public speaking prize

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 July 2014

Artemis Irvine.

Artemis Irvine.

Archant

A talented teenager wowed a theatre audience and won money to invest in her future in the final of Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge.

15-year-old Artemis Irvine, a student at Newstead Wood School, Averbury Road, Orpington, took part in the challenge at the Piccadilly Theatre on July 14.

She was crowned the Grand Champion of the competition, which is the biggest youth public speaking event of its kind in the world.

Artemis was one of just 15 finalists from a total of 18,000 year 10 students from across London and Essex who had been learning public speaking skills through a number of workshops and competitions.

She spoke about “Menstruation, Misogyny and Caitlin Moran” and at times the audience were laughing so much that she had to wait for the noise to die down before she could continue talking.

Her talk delved into what it means to be a feminist and the differences between how boys and girls are treated.

During her speech, she said: “It is a manifestation of misogyny that girls should be made to feel ashamed of a bodily function.”

Artemis defined feminism by using a quote from Nigerian feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

“Feminist- a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes. And I hope that’s something everyone in the room can sign up to,” she said.

Artemis and her 14 fellow finalists were judged on their delivery- which included their body language, tone and pace, the structure of their speech and whether it had a clear beginning, middle and end and a thread that carried the audience through, and the content of what they spoke about and whether it was interesting, funny and clear.

After finding out that she had won, Artemis said: “The standard was so high tonight I really didn’t expect to win. Every one of the other speeches was good enough to win. Now that I have won? Well, I feel relieved, and happy with how it went. That so many people enjoyed it is just amazing. That’s the best part.”

Artemis will now receive £2,000 to invest in her future education and £3,000 to be put towards her school.

“I’ll put my share of the money towards my university fees, and the school’s money will be for the English Department to help them buy new books,” she said.

Brenda Emmanus, a broadcaster and journalist and who is currently BBC London News’ Art, Culture and Entertainment Correspondent, was among the Grand Final judges.

She said: “I thought it was one of the most awe inspiring evenings I’ve ever been to, and I think it gives us a real belief and confidence in the next generation. I think what we’ve seen tonight is a testament to how brilliant young people can be, how much conviction and dedication and talent they have and I think we undersell them all the time in the media, and this is just a reflection of the amazing array of talent that we have in our communities. I think Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! is an absolutely brilliant organisation, a brilliant incentive, and I pray that it goes on for a long time to come.”

Writer, broadcaster and commentator Ben Duncan was also on the judging panel.

He said: “I did public speaking at school, I won a few prizes, but by God none of us were anywhere near the standard of these kids tonight.

“And I think the humility that they showed, the humour, the confidence, I thought at times there was an autocue – absolutely no autocue used at all. So I think they can all hold their heads up proud, be really proud of what they’ve done tonight, and people like me have an awful lot to learn from people like them.”

Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! was created, in partnership with The Speakers Trust, to encourage young people to develop public speaking skills and build their overall confidence.

The Challenge includes a series of workshops to help entrants develop their speeches and delivery, which are run in schools with the support of teachers.

Now in its ninth year, Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! has trained over 100,000 young people.

Jack Petchey CBE said; “I am so proud of these young people. Their confidence and ability to express themselves shows that our mission “if you think you can – you can” is being fulfilled”.

To find out more please visit speakoutchallenge.com

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Bromley Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Bromley Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Bromley Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest news

Yesterday, 19:39

On a day when young, top-order batsmen shone for their respective clubs, Zak Crawley hit a fluent 56 not out to give Kent the advantage on the opening day of their Specsavers County Championship clash with Glamorgan in Canterbury.

Yesterday, 08:35

The London City Royals are bouncing into the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre for the new British Basketball League season.

Yesterday, 07:00

The number of diabetic people having “devastating” toe and foot amputations in Bromley has risen by almost 15pc since 2013, new figures reveal.

Mon, 07:00

A woman from West Wickham will soon be doing a skydive in memory of her grandfather Geoff Hamm.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Bromley boss Neil Smith is looking forward tom welcoming back a host of players for Saturday’s game with Salford City in the Vanarama National League.

Most read

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Bromley Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Bromley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24