Conferences and courses

Ian McEwan and Anne Fine are the opening and closing speakers at the National Association for the Teaching of English's annual conference at Weston Conference Centre, UMIST, February 7-9. Workshops include cinematic storytelling; collaborative learning approaches KS2 - A level; and new approaches to women in literature at GCSE. Day two is Primary Day with a programme of workshops and key speaker Barbara Conridge, chair of NATE's primary committee. Residential fee: pound;375; pound;320 members. Primary Day is pound;120, pound;90 members. NATE, 50 Broadfield Road, Sheffield S8 OXJ.

Tel: 0114 255 5419. Email:

* The English Association is holding two Shakespeare for Students Sixth Form conferences at the Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck College, London WC1, on March 18, and at De Montfort University, Leicester on May 7 (to be confirmed). Speakers include Professor Thomas Healy, Birkbeck College; Dr Catherine Alexander, The Shakespeare Centre; and Elizabeth Whittome, OCR. Fee: pound;15 (London); pound;7.50 (Leicester). The English Association, Leicester University, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH.

Tel: 0116 252 3982. Email:

* Facets of literacy: seeing the whole picture is the theme of the English Association's primary conference being held at The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, June 21.Contact the EA as above or email:

* The Society for Storytelling's third National Storytelling Week on February 1-8 will host more than 300 storytelling events and performances in theatres, libraries, museums, pubs, storytelling clubs, schools, retirement homes etc.Tel: 0118 935 1381 or 020 8866 4232.

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