Events and Activities

Poems We Love 2024

Let's share some joy by celebrating the poems we love. Bring at least one of your favourite poems to read to the group at this free Zoom event, starting at 2 pm (Melbourne time) on Saturday 17 August. Original compositions are most welcome! 

Our host is Andrea, Deputy President of the English-Speaking Union (Victoria Branch) and a director of Bonfire Books.

We warmly invite anyone who loves poetry to join us at this event.

Saturday, 17 August, 2024 - 14:00 to 16:00

Friday Night Forum: Internet Censorship and the Ministry of Truth

The Federal Government has appointed a commissioner to regulate internet communication and is proposing to introduce legislation to outlaw online misinformation.

What do these regulatory moves mean for Australians using the internet to express opinions?

July’s Friday Night Forum will examine the push for internet censorship and its implications for freedom of expression.

Friday, 5 July, 2024 - 18:30 to 22:00

Events calendar for 2024

Upcoming events



Friday Night Forum: Internet Censorship and the Ministry of Truth - Friday 5 July, from 6:30 pm.

For details click here.



"Poems We Love" - Saturday 17 August from 2.00 to 4.00 pm.

This free event will be held using Zoom, as part of Australia's national Poetry Month.

Events calendar for 2023

Upcoming events

Our program of activities in 2023 has concluded. We wish all readers a wonderful festive season and a safe and happy start to the new year.

Our office will be closed between Christmas and New Year, re-opening on 2 January 2024.

We'll announce the 2024 Events calendar in February 2024.

Events calendar for 2022

Upcoming events

Our program for 2022 has now concluded. See below for a record of the events we hosted during the year.

Best wishes to all members and readers for the festive season, and for a wonderful new year. We plan to announce our 2023 program by the end of February.

Communication and bookings

Events calendar for 2021

For the record

Events held (or planned) during 2021 were:

Saturday 27 February from 6:30 pm - BBQ hosted by the ESU.

Friday 9 April - Social Night

Sunday 25 April from 5:00 pm - ANZAC Day Dusk Service and BBQ hosted by the ESU.

Friday 21 May - Social Night

2020 Update

Due to the global pandemic, our planned activities for 2020 have had to be cancelled. We look forward to being able to announce future events via this page when health restrictions permit.  

Friday, 25 September, 2020 - 10:00 to Tuesday, 1 December, 2020 - 10:00


BRITFEST 2019 - Saturday 4th May 2019

Britfest is happening again on Saturday 4th of May, 2019 from 10am to 4pm at the Moonee Ponds Bowling Club, 776 Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds.

Entry is FREE.

This event features Morris Dancers, Scottish dancers, food stalls and much more.

You’ll be able to buy cooked British specialty meats and a wide selection of British beers will be available from the bar.

Come and join us to celebrate British Heritage and Culture and to have a great time.

Saturday, 4 May, 2019 - 10:00 to 16:00

Battle for Australia Ceremony

Battle for Australia Ceremony – Forecourt, Shrine of Remembrance, St Kilda Road.

On Wednesday 4th September, Australia officially celebrates the Battle for Australia, a series of victories in the Coral Sea, at Milne Bay and on the Kokoda Track which stemmed the tide of Japanese conquest. Those heroic Australians and our allies who fought in these battles and particularly those who sacrificed their lives in these campaigns to stop a Japanese invasion deserve our eternal gratitude and recognition.

Wednesday, 4 September, 2019 - 11:00 to 12:00