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"Writing and the imagination" is the theme of a conference at The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, Webber Street, London SE1 on February 6.

Key speakers: Myra Barrs, co-director of CLPE and co-author of Boys and Writing: The Reader in the Writer; and Susanna Steele, storyteller, Greenwich University. Plus workshops. Fee: pound;125; pound;110 subscribers (includes lunch).

Tel: 020 7401 33823 Email:

The National Association for the Teaching of English's south-west conference, "A word in your ear", will be held at Parkway House Hotel, Tiverton, Devon, March 6. Key speaker is Maureen Lewis, initial teacher training regional director, well-known for her work with David Wray on developing children's writing. Workshops include raising standards in speaking and listening through drama at KS3-4; and a fun session exploring different ways of working in drama. Fee: pound;37.50; pound;30 members; pound;20 students (includes lunch).

Tel: 0114 255 5419 www.nate.orgevents.html

The British Educational and Communications Technology Agency's ICT Advice department runs conferences and online training events in partnership with the subject associations. Coming up is a conference, co-organised with NATE, covering applications of ICT at primary and secondary level. Venue: Beaumanor Hall, Loughborough, February 27.

Literature and poetry of the First World War and the historical context will be explored at an Imperial War Museum conference for ASA2 English literature students (AQA syllabus). Fee: pound;12 (one teacher free with every 10 students). Apply by letter to: Education department, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ.

"Who do we think we are? Language and literacy education in the four countries of the UK" is the theme of an international conference organised by the National Association for the Teaching of English. Venue: Strathclyde University, Glasgow, April 1-3. Key speakers: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, journalist and broadcaster, and Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University, USA. Fee: pound;225 (if booked before January 30); pound;150 concessions.

Tel: 0141 950 3053 Email:

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