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Rock and pop festival July 11-14

More than 2,000 children are involved in this extravaganza at the NEC, Birmingham. It includes children's music workshops; work experience placements in sound, lighting, video engineering, stage management and rigging; and evening concerts for family and friends featuring more than 70 young bands.

Tel: 0121 743 2483

Two novels examined July 18 and September 7

Patrick O'Brian's action-packed Master and Commander and Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy are the respective subjects of panel discussions at the British Library, Euston Road, London NW1, 6.30-8pm.

Panellists include authors Hari Kunzru, Tim Lott, and Professor John Sutherland, chair of this year's Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Tickets: Pounds 6; pound;4 concessions.

Tel: 020 7412 7222 Email:

Looking at literature September 3

The journal Children's Literature in Education is holding a 35th birthday conference at Middlesex University. It will feature appearances by authors Peter Hollindale, Posy Simmonds, Michael Rosen, Nick Tucker and Kim Reynolds, as well as a look to the future from the journal's North American editor Margaret Mackey, and a children's performance. Fee: pound;70 (includes lunch, wine and a copy of the journal); pound;35 concessions.

Contact Carolyn Pitkin for details.

Tel: 020 8411 6363

British music halls Until October 29

A free exhibition at Bodleian Library, at Oxford University, reveals the story of the music hall, 1850-1920. Featured are richly-illustrated sheet music for songs such as "Champagne Charlie", as well as posters, cigarette cards and artefacts. Background music provided by early recordings is also available on CD.

Tel: 01865 277063 Email:

Join the poster panel

TES Teacher is looking for primary classroom practitioners or others interested in primary education, such as school library staff, to join its 20056 panel. We will send you the magazine each week so you can tell us what you think of the posters, how you use them and how we can improve them. To be considered, please email details of your career or area of interest with a brief comment about a recent poster, by July 29, to:, or write to Poster Panel, TES Teacher at the address on page 3.

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