To give World Book Day added appeal and relevance for 14 to 17-year-olds, The Institute of Ideas has teamed up with Hodder Children's Books to organise Teenage Kicks, a full day of debate and discussions for and about teenagers and the fiction they read. It's open to students from Years 10 to 13, their teachers and other professionals who work with children's books.
Headline authors include David Almond (pictured), June Oldham and Matt Whyman, with Miranda Sawyer and Joan Bakewell joining an evening debate on "the changing face of teenage experience". Sessions include "What is teenage fiction for?" and a discussion on fiction treatments of past, present and future wars. Teenage Kicks starts at 9.30am on World Book Day, March 4, at Goodenough college, London WC1. Full programme on www.instituteofideas.com. Bookings: 020 7269 9220. Whole-day tickets: pound;6 for pupils, pound;15 (pound;10 concessions) for adults, with tickets for individual sessions available.
Brace yourself for quick decision-making: the 2004 brochure for the Arvon Foundation's residential creative writing courses is available in print and online (www.arvonfoundation.org) from Monday, and popular courses at the four centres (Yorkshire, Devon, Inverness-shire and Shropshire) are filled quickly. Arvon offers a limited number of personal development bursaries to teachers, worth pound;105 towards the cost of a pound;435 place on a course (includes tuition and accommodation), besides grants for those in financial hardship. Contact Barbara Lyon, tel: 020 7931 7611or (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an information pack about bringing school groups of 10 to 18-year-olds. Ask for a copy of the current issue of the Arvon Journal, which focuses on the foundation's schools work and includes contributions from Susan Hill and David Almond.
Sign up your school to support Marie Curie Cancer Care's Daffodil Appeal by joining the Words Worth Reading record attempt on March 19, when the charity hopes 150,000 pupils will read aloud William Wordsworth's poem "Daffodils". Marie Curie, which provides home nursing for terminally ill cancer patients, is working with the Wordsworth Trust to offer prize money worth pound;5,000 to the top fundraisers, and has recruited 400 schools (www.mariecurie.org.ukdaffodil).