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British Book Design and Production Awards 2004

We are pleased to advise you that the BPIF, The Publishers Association and Oxford Brookes University are again organising the British Book Design and Production Awards. The awards are unique in the industry in that they are based solely on the design and production qualities of each book ie paper, printing, binding, typeface and so on. The deadline for entries is Friday 25 June 2004 and books published in 2003 and 2004 up to the deadline are eligible for entry.

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Reading Africa: readers, libraries and African publishing

image Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies and Southern African Book Development Education Trust ( will hold a one-day conference on Saturday, 30th October 2004 at Headington Hill Hall to evaluate and take forward the Reading Africa programme that was launched at London Book Fair 2004. The Reading Africa programme covers Reading Promotion - directing readers to selected titles by African writers, linking parallel activities in the UK and Africa Literary Festivals and Book Fairs – encouraging and facilitating literary festivals and book fairs to include African writers and African-authored books in their programmes Media and PR – raising awareness of Reading Africa, African writing and publishing Seminars and Conferences – to develop professional awareness of Reading Africa For more information contact Paul Westlake.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Renowned film director Pawel Pawlikowski to take up research fellowship

The School of Arts and Humanities is very pleased to announce that from October 2004 renowned film director Pawel Pawlikowski (Twockers [1998], Last Resort [2000], the forthcoming My Summer of Love) will hold a 3-year AHRB Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts, hosted by the Department of Modern Languages. His project, entitled 'The Realist Genres of Contemporary Film-making in Britain', will examine the prevalent generic constraints on the production of documentary and cinema, and will clearly communicate how his own practice is shaped and influenced by the research questions he will ask. Pawel Pawlikowski's acclaimed documentaries and films have provoked strong critical reactions that focus on the nature of poetic realism in contemporary film-making in Britain and the fundamental challenge that his work therefore presents to a prevalent practice based on controlled style and plot. Pawlikowski will work with academics in the School's Department of Modern Languages, and its programmes in Film Studies and Media Arts, in order to isolate and articulate this developing distinction in an explicitly research-driven manner, and will feed the theoretical and practical results of this research into the university's programmes and his own film-making process.

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Religion and Romanticism Conference - call for papers

This conference aims to revisit and refamiliarize the religious commitments, debates and foundations which pervaded the mental lives and writings of the Romantics. Conference will be held on 22 January 2005 Further details here

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Lecturer wins prestigious Thomas Mann Prize

Dr Malte Herwig, Lecturer in German Studies, has been awarded the Thomas Mann Prize by the Deutsche Thomas Mann-Gesellschaft for his forthcoming book on science in Mann's work. This is the first time that the prize has been awarded, and represents a considerable achievement for the author and the School. The award ceremony took place in Lübeck, Mann's birthplace, and was widely reported in the European media. The text of the citation can be found at and there are details about the book at

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Publishing Research Seminars

The following seminars will be held this term: Wednesday 28 April Chris Jennings will give a talk on 'Blogging', in R115 at 1pm. Wednesday 12 May Juliet Gardiner will speak on 'The Faceout Author, in HK6 at 1pm. Wednesday 26 May Padmini Mongia will give a paper on 'Marketing Indochic', in HK5 at 1pm All are welcome. For further information, contact Claire Squires .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Oxford Brookes at Bologna

Eleven students from the MA in Publishing and one member of staff attended the Bologna Children's Book Fair from 14-17 April 2004. Students had the opportunity to see the children's book publishing world in action. Students had meetings with various children's publishers and agents, including David Fickling (publisher of Philip Pullman and Mark Haddon), and Catherine Clarke of the Felicity Bryan Agency (who represents several children's authors).

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