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The English department at Royal Holloway College, Egham, Surrey, is holding its annual Shakespeare teachers' conference on October 27. Speakers include Professor Terence Hawkes (Shakespeare the Basics), Dr Christie Carson, co-editor of The Cambridge King Lear CD-Rom, and Joanna Laurens, Royal Shakespeare Company writer-in-residence. Fee: pound;55.

Tel: 01784 443215 Email:

"Challenge and creativity (fresh approaches to English teaching)" is the theme of a half-day conference organised by the National Association for Teachers of English at Nottingham University, October 16. Speaker: Professor Ron Carter. Workshops include Make Your Writers into Authors, and Successful Spelling from Reception to Year 6.

Fee: pound;25; pound;20 members; pound;10 primary teachers; pound;5 studentsunwaged.

Tel: 0114 255 5419

"Gateways to the imagination" is the theme of a reading conference at Bovington Middle School, Dorset, on November 13.

Speakers include children's authors Kevin Crossley-Holland, Philip Reeve and Philippa Pearce (Tom's Midnight Garden). For details, contact Philip Brown Tel: 01929 405060 email:

Forthcoming courses from the National Centre for Language and Literacy, Reading University, include: "Boosting sentence construction and punctuation at KS1-2", January 11; and "Going to the pictures: using quality picture books to develop literacy in KS2", January 18. Fee per course: pound;95; pound;85 members.

Tel: 0118 378 8820

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