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2 Manchester: Roy Dyson, popular Nottingham storyteller, tells tales of the known and unknown world at the 8th Day Cafe, Oxford Rd; Fri 5, 8pm, pounds 3.50/pounds 2. Ring Alan on 01422 844786

2 London: John Keats bicentenary exhibition, a collection of manuscripts, personal effects and paintings, continues at the British Library Exhibition Galleries, Great Russell St, WC1. Closed Mon 1. Admission free.

2 Huddersfield: regular fiction writers' workshop led by James Waddington; every Wed from 3 Jan, 7-9pm, free.

Regular workshop for women writers led by Agneta Falk and Penny Sowerby; every Thur from 4 Jan, 7-9pm, free. Both workshops take place at Huddersfield Library, Princess Alexandra Walk; for information about other workshops in the area contact The Word Hoard, 01484 452070.

2 Looking ahead: Ways With Words run regular courses, literary dinners and weekend festivals around the country. In the summer, their Reading, Art and Writing Courses take place in a farmhouse in Provence, with pool, terraces and views over the Luberon. The relaxing Reading Course in October sounds especially idyllic. For information on dates and the range of courses available, contact Kay Dunbar, Ways With Words, Droridge Farm, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6JQ.