6th October 2000 at 01:00
The grand finale of the British Library's seven-month celebration of 1,000 years of English literature will be the world premiere of English Literature - the Musical on October 15, 3pm-4.45pm. Words and music are taken from Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dickens, Shaw, Sondheim, Ayckbourn, Bernstein, Porter and Lloyd Webber to name but a few. Tickets: pound;7.50, pound;6 concessions. The next major exhibition, on Oscar Wilde, runs from November 10 to February 4. Participants in its events' programme include Corin Redgrave and Oscar Wilde's grandson, Merlin Holland. Also worth a visit is the Workshop of Words, Sound and Images hands-on gallery, where pupils can discover how words, pictures and sound have been reproduced, recorded and presented since the 15th century. BL, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB. Tel: 020 7412 7332; The Wordsworth Trust is celebrating 1,000 years of English poetry at Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Cumbria, until October 31. English Poetry, 850 to 1850: the First Thousand Years begins with Beowulf, ontinues with over 30 great poets including Chaucer, Spenser, Milton, Byron and Keats, and ends with Wordsworth's Prelude and Tennyson's In Memoriam. On display are rare manuscripts, first editions, portraits and illustrations. Poetry readings are held every Tuesday evening at 6pm. Tel: 015394 35544; E-mail:

Ways with Words is holding literary weekends in York on November 3-5, Southwold, November 10-12, and Bury St Edmunds, November 24-26. Guest speakers in York include Roy Hattersley discussing his biography of William and Catherine Booth and Juliet Barker on Wordsworth. The Southwold programme includes Roy Strong on the history of the arts in Britain, Malcolm Bradbury on "A Writer's Life" and Libby Purves on her recent fiction. Participants in the final weekend include Martin Bell on being 'An Accidental MP' and Brian Keenan on his novel inspired by his time as a hostage in Beirut. Ways with Words Box Office, Droridge Farm, Dartington, Devon TQ9 6JQ. Tel: 01803 867373.

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