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Hans Christian Andersen Until October 2 Explore "the dark side" and the innocence of Andersen's vision and create your own fairy tales at this free exhibition at London's British Library, marking the 200th anniversary of the author's birth. Historical material is supported by interactive exhibits such as the puppets, pulleys, projections and paper-cuts within a soundscape, which bring Andersen's characters to life. Related events include a musical version of The Little Match Girl narrated by actress Paula Wilcox, June 27, 6.30-7.40pm, and a discussion between authors Julia Eccleshare and Francis Spufford, chaired by Penelope Lively, June 28, 6.30-8pm. Tickets: pound;4-6. There are free gallery performances for children aged four to eight, July 11-22 (school groups), July 24-August 19 (families).

Tel: 020 7412 7797

Literature festival July 8-18

Among the many writers taking part in the annual Ways With Words festival at Dartington Hall, Devon, are Julian Barnes, Hilary Mantel, David Lodge and Louis de Berni res. Biographers Anthony Howard, Sheila Hancock, Stephen Pollard and Robert McCrum will talk also about their various subjects. Tickets from Pounds 7.50; accommodation from pound;25 per night.

Tel: 01803 867373

Science courses From July 11

Philip Allan Updates courses include: Biology for the key stage 3-4 non-specialist, Manchester, July 11, London, July 13; Running a successful biology department, London, July 14; First steps in teaching science (for NQTs), London, July 15.

Tel: 01869 338652

York Balloon Debate July 19

Five environmentalists will argue the case for their chosen species - an invertebrate, a bird, a fish, a mammal and a plant - and the audience will vote on which species should receive a (fictitious) pound;10,000,000 cheque towards its conservation. Venue: Central Hall, York University, 1-3pm. School pupils welcome. Admission by free ticket. Contact Earthwatch.

Tel: 01865 318856 www.earthwatch.orgeuropeeventsindex.html

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