27th November 1998 at 00:00

In its latest pack, Global Express, the rapid response information series on topical development issues for key stages 2 and 3 teachers, focuses on how media reports conflict and the role of diplomacy.

Activities take children through how the news shapes their views of conflict and how the military and politicians "spin" the news to their own advantage. Annual subscription: Pounds 15. Details: Panos, Room 25, White Lion Street, London N1 9PD; THE SELFISH GIANT

Bruce Kershaw has written a 45-minute children's operamusic-drama around Oscar Wilde's story, which is aimed at primary children and one adult singer - the Giant himself. Anyone interested in performing it, should send him a Pounds 6 cheque, made payable to "CCHF Stoke Mandeville", at: 5 Sycamore Leys, Steeple Claydon, Buckingham MK18 2RH. Profits (Pounds 4 for every copy sold) will go to StokeMandeville Cancer Care Centre, where he is a patient.

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