Conferences and courses;Noticeboard;Subject of the week;English

17th September 1999 at 01:00
* The English Association and the Shakespeare Centre are running a conference, "Beyond word processing: information and communications technology and planning in English", at The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, October 16. Speakers include: Andrew Goodwyn, Reading University, on English in the digital age; and Dr Catherine Alexander and Dr Susan Brock, the Shakespeare Centre, on "Electronic Shakespeares". Fee: pound;40, pound;35 members. English Association, Leicester University LE1 7RH. Tel: 0116 252 3982.

* Poet Michael Rosen will speak at the annual conference of the National Association for the Teaching of English at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire, January 28-30. There will be workshops, a publishers' exhibition, previews and much more. Early booking fee (before October 31): pound;195. Details: NATE, 50 Broadfield Road, Sheffield S8 OXJ. Tel: 0114 255 5419; e-mail: natehq@btconnect.com * Primary teacher and musician Tony Wilson and Celtic harpist Sean Barry will present a variety of storytelling and musical activities in your school for key stages 1 and 2. Four sessions are usually run, each lasting 45 minutes to an hour. Fee: pound;100 per morning afternoon session; pound;150 per day. Tel: 0191 456 1803.

* The Poetry School offers courses and workshops for adults in writing and reading poetry at venues across London, led by poets from Britain and abroad. Details: Mimi Khalvati, The Poetry School, 1a Jewel Road, Walthamstow, London E17 4QU. Tel: 0181 223 0401 or 0181 985 0090; e-mail: PoetrySch@aol.com COMPETITION * With its Reuters Young Journalist teaching pack and competition for students aged 11 to 16, Reuters Foundation aims to promote an interest in news and current affairs and promote the basic principles of good journalism - accuracy, balance and clarity. The pack, which covers analysing news stories, writing a summary, arguing a case, researching and writing an article, is free to the first 300 schools to apply. Entries should be in by the end of the spring term. Winning students will be invited to London to visit Reuters editorial offices, and the winning school will receive a year's free access to online service, Reuters Business Briefing. Details: Jane Collins, project manager, Reuters Foundation, 85 Fleet Street, London EC4P 4AJ. Tel: 0171 542 7015.

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