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Mon 30 March 2020 at 6.00 pm

Xu Zechen interviewed by Angus Phillips

This event has been cancelled

Running through Beijing

Xu Zechen Interviewed by Angus Phillips

Oxford Literary Festival event

The event is presented by the Confucius Institute and the Oxford International Centre for Publishing at Oxford Brookes University.

Taking Place: St Cross College

Rising star of Chinese literature Xu Zechen talks about his novels that portray the realities of life for many in modern China.

Zechen lives in Beijing and works as editor at China’s most important literary magazine, People’s Literature. His work is not the sort of political literature that many might equate with China. Instead, Zechen’s novels chronicle life in China’s big cities. Running Through Beijing is one of his best-known novels and has been translated into English. It deals with the harsh realities lived by the millions of city-dwellers struggling to get by in the grey economy. The translation by Eric Abrahamsen was shortlisted for a National Translation Award in the USA.

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Type of Event: Publishing | External Publishing Event

Wed 13 May 2020 at 6.00 pm

Breaking news: why journalism needs remaking

Alan Rusbridger (Chair of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism)

Taking Place: John Henry Brookes Main Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus

In the revolution around the digital transformation of journalism have we lost the connection between news and democracy? Join the former Guardian Editor-in-Chief Alan Rusbridger for his insights into how journalism is changing and needs to change.

If you like the sound of this event, you might like our new MA Journalism, starting in September 2020.

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Type of Event: Brookes University | Publishing


By the Book7

Start date: Tue 23 June 2020


Reconfiguring the Reader

Taking place:

Villa Finaly, Florence

Postponement of By the Book7
In the light of the coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy, we have taken the decision to postpone the By the Book conference until 2021. The situation remains uncertain and we have decided that it is prudent to move on the conference now rather than wait until nearer the conference date. Other conferences at the Villa have also been cancelled and we learnt yesterday that the Bologna Book Fair has been delayed. There is the risk that the virus will spread to neighbouring countries and we are conscious that delegates may have travel issues with either inbound or outbound quarantine. Also the health advice at national level is being updated continuously.
Papers submitted this year will be carried over to next year’s programme, and we will issue a new Call for Papers this autumn. We will announce shortly the dates for By the Book7 in 2021.


By the Book7 brings together industry professionals, educators, and scholars to examine key issues around readership and publishing, as well as to discuss the developing field of publishing studies. Presentations will take different forms to accommodate the range of academic, professional, educational, and independent voices that make By the Book, now in its seventh year, such a unique conference. By the Book7 has the theme ´Reconfiguring the Reader´. In our screen world reading culture is changing by the day, as new practices - digital and analogue - spring up and proliferate.  In previous years themes have included Building Audiences (2016), Curation (2017) and Power (2019).

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Type of Conference: Publishing

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