* The National Association for the Teaching of English's annual conference at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle upon Tyne, April 6-9, will aim to represent 'the breadth of English teaching in ways which reconcile with the national drive to raise literacy standards'. Speakers include Beatrix Campbell, writer and professor of women's studies, and poet Tony Harrison. Details: NATE, 50 Broadfield Road, Broadfield Business Centre, Sheffield S8 OXJ, tel: 0114 255 5419.
* The British Library is holding sixth-form seminars on Mondays or Fridays from January 25 to March 22. Themes include: appreciation of 20th-century literature, the Romantics, the development of manuscripts. Also on offer are half-day KS2 workshops on 'the story of writing' on January 26, February 2,9 and March 2,9,16 and 23. For details tel: 0171 412 7797.