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The English Association is joining forces with the Shakespeare Institute and the Royal Shakespeare Company to hold a conference, Whose Shakespeare? at the institute, June 2-4. The event will also celebrate the RSC's year-long production of Shakespeare's complete works. The programme includes a lecture on teaching Shakespeare by Philip Beadle, secondary teacher of the year, 2004, and a performance of Antony and Cleopatra, starring Patrick Stewart and Harriet Walter. A pre-performance lecture will be given by Dr Catherine Alexander, and there will be another session where actors from the play will answer questions.

Fee: pound;160; pound;140 EASI members.


The National Association for the Teaching of English is holding its Cymru annual day course and conference at Hotel Metropole, Llandrindod Wells, July 3. Teachers of all key stages, advisers and teacher trainers welcome.

Speakers include: Pie Corbett, former English inspector for Gloucestershire; Jennifer Davies, English subject officer, Welsh Assembly education department; and Professor Debra Myhill, Exeter University. Fee: pound;95; pound;85 members.

Tel: 01978 317646 Email:

Courses run by the National Centre for Language and Literacy at Reading University include Making the Most of Traditional Tales (key stage 2), June 6; Building Blocks to Reading (foundation stage), June 8; Thinking, Reading and Writing, June 13; Using Speaking and Listening techniques to Improve Reading and Writing (KS2); Get Creative with Non-fiction: imaginative ways into writing across the curriculum (KS2), September 27.

Fee per course: pound;110; pound;100 members.

Tel: 0118 378 8820

The London Association for the Teaching of English is holding a writing conference, May 13, and a residential one, July 14-16.

Contact John Wilks, 20 Vanbrugh Hill, London SE3 7UF

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