Pleasure and Learning in English is the theme of a conference organised by the National Association for the Teaching of English at Comberton Village College, Cambridge, June 17. Speakers include Simon Wrigley, literacy adviser for Bedfordshire. Plus workshops and book stall. Fee: pound;30, pound;25 members, pound;15 newly qualified teachers; pound;5 trainees.Jim Stewart, tel: 07880 725856. Rethinking Literacy in an Age of New Media, another NATE conference, will be held at Froebel College, University of Surrey, Roehampton, London SW15, June 24. It will examine how literacy and the role of literature, film, television and information technology are defined in the development of children's imaginative and creative thinking. Speakers include: Sue Palmer, writer and literacy consultant; Professor Gunther Kress, London Institute of Education; and aard-winning children's authors Michael Morpurgo and Jacqueline Wilson. Fee: pound;30, pound;22.50 concessions. Send cheque made payable to "The Angle Gallery" to Rethinking Literacy, 49 Eastbourne Avenue, London W3 6JS). Tel: 020 8932 2696.

"Storysacks" by Neil Griffiths will be the focus of a conference organised by The United Kingdom Reading Association at Management Centre, Edge Hill College, St Helen's Road, Ormskirk, July 1. Aimed at teachers, parents, librarians and anyone who works with children. Fee: pound;5 or pound;10 for three people.Dr Norma Mudd, tel: 01704 893607.

The London Association for the Teaching of English's summer residential weekend on English and drama will be held in Seaford, East Sussex, June 30-July 2. John Wilks, LATE general secretary, 20 Vanbrugh Hill, London SE3 7UF. Tel: 020 8853 3838.E-mail:

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