Festival highlights this summer

12th May 1995 at 01:00
The irreverent Mark Morris Dance Group, which played to packed houses in Edinburgh last year, is returning to the festival (August 13-September 2) and will run workshops and a week-long summer school with pupils in the Lothian region. An in-service day for teachers is to be held and Mark Morris will lead a course in choreography "open to artists from any discipline".

In addition up to 90 young people from across Scotland have been invited to rehearse and perform with the Miami City Ballet.

The Edinburgh Book Festival (August 12 - 28) will feature readings and talks by more than 200 authors. Visits by 30 children's authors and performance poets, such as Anne Fine, Gillian Cross, Martin Waddell and Ian Strachan will form part of a special schools' programme. A teachers' pack will be available.

Birmingham Readers and Writers Festival (until May 20) is launching a new children's book prize - the TSB Children's Book Award - where school children across the city will be asked to choose their favourite book from a shortlist to be announced by Professor Tim Brighouse, Birmingham City Council's chief of education on May 18. The winner will be announced on June 14.

Michael Berkeley, the new artistic director of the Cheltenham Festival (July 1 - 16) is committed to beefing up its education programme in order to nurture "the musicians and concert-goers of tomorrow".

Through its "Music Scores! Access Scheme" sponsors are being asked to provide free tickets for parties of children and young people to attend festival events. The composer Stephen Montague is to work in schools to produce a performance by children in the town centre.

NottDance the sixth Nottinghamshire Dance Festival (to May 14) a collaborative effort with Nottingham Trent University and Dance 4, the Midlands dance agency, has premiered works by Yolande Snaith and Emilyn Claid, opening up classes by Nigel Charnock who is directing Claid's work, to advanced level students. The festival has also included the Journeys Project a group of people with learning disabilities who have worked with South Asian choreographer and teacher Bishaka Sarker to produce performance workshops (May 17 and 25).

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