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From Bologna to Borneo – writing successes

Judith Paskin is a student on the MA Publishing at Oxford Brookes.

When I began the MA Publishing course as a part-time mature student in September 2012, I knew it would offer me a valuable opportunity to embark on a new career. At the same time I hoped I would still be able to make use of the skills from my previous job as a broadcast journalist with the BBC. What I did not anticipate was the chance to combine both skill-sets during a rather successful summer break this year.

One of the wonderful things about this course is the stream of opportunities for students to explore while they study. As with many things in life, often one path leads to another quite unexpected one. In particular, the Children’s Publishing module gave me the chance not only to explore my interests in that field, but to have my work published in the publishing journal Logos. My article, ‘Digital Publishing in Children’s Literature: A hindrance or a help to reluctant readers’, appeared in the October issue.

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British Book Design and Production Awards 2013

The British Book Design and Production Awards took place on 4 November 2013 at a glittering event at the prestigious Grange St Paul's Hotel. The speaker was journalist, author, comedian and producer, Will Gompertz, who kept the audience entertained throughout the night.

As one of the most prestigious and popular literary events of the year, the British Book Design and Production Awards recognize the excellence of the British book design and production industry by celebrating the year’s best books. The awards are designed to represent everything that is best in British book design and are seen as the flagship event in the industry’s year. The event is supported by the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), Oxford Brookes University, and the Publishers Association.

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Date for next International Publishing Summer School 2014

After the success of our first International Publishing Summer School in July 2013, we are now able to announce the date of the 2014 conference.  This will take place from 7th-18th July 2014, once again in the splendid surroundings of Headington Hill Hall at Oxford Brookes University.

We had uniformly enthusiastic feedback from last year's delegates and we expect the 2014 Summer School to be just as good, with participants from all round the world, and a stellar line up of lecturers from OICPS and industry.  As well as hearing about real-life cases studies, there will the opportunity to learn from hands-on exercises and workshops, and to join in some interesting industry visits.

Accommodation is en-suite and all meals are included in the package (other than during the middle weekend when you are free to make your own plans).  There will also be a conference dinner with an after-dinner speaker in the second week.

In order to ensure that delegates get the most possible out of the Summer School, we restrict the numbers to just 20 places, and we anticipate that these will sell out quickly, so if you would like to reserve a place, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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3rd Sino-UK Publishing Forum, Beijing

In partnership with Peking University and the Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication, the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (OICPS) recently held a forum on the theme of cross-cultural communication in the digital age. Taking place in China on the 28 August 2013, during the Beijing International Book Fair, the forum brought together a range of speakers and participants from both industry and academia. Over 150 people attended, including alumni from Oxford Brookes, and there were themed discussions around the topics of personnel, content, and channels within publishing.

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Quick Stories – original stories to enjoy in 5 minutes

Inspired by living in a fast paced world, former MA Publishing student Antonia Eraud has collaborated with fellow writers to produce Quick Stories Volume One, a collection of short short stories designed to be read on the tube, train, waiting for that friend who is always late, under a tree in the park on a rare sunny day …  anywhere you’ve got five minutes to spare.


The scintillating and eclectic collection of stories includes tales of lost innocence, stolen kisses, awkward dinner parties, nutty professors and much more besides. The book is the first volume in a series. Over time, the group will publish more and more volumes of Quick Stories, all very affordable and available to download from Amazon. Profits will be donated to the Literacy Trust. You can download the first book now from here

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Success for Publishing lecturers at SU Teaching Awards

There was success for lecturers from Publishing at the annual Teaching Awards organized by the Students’ Union at Oxford Brookes, held on Tuesday 30 April 2013. Such awards are now run at almost every students’ union in the UK, aimed at rewarding best practice for teaching and dedication to higher education.

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London Book Fair 2013

Students and staff from the Centre (OICPS) were busy throughout the London Book Fair, held at Earls Court from the 15th to 17th April 2013. We had our own stand from which we marketed our degree programmes, staff publications, research and consultancy, and our July summer school. Over 40 students helped out with the running of the Fair, including manning the seminar rooms, the literary café, and the translation centre; and two students helped on the Frankfurt Book Fair stand. 

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Angus Phillips receives Santander Research Scholarship

Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, has been awarded a £5,000 research scholarship by Santander Universities UK. He received the award on 4 March 2013 from Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University and Luis Juste, Director of Santander Universities UK.

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The Limits of Desire: PhD studentship researching the Mills & Boon archive

Project title

The Limits of Desire: the Mills & Boon Romance Market, 1946-1973

The project will involve original research in the Mills & Boon archive held in the Special Collections at the University of Reading. This archive, with particularly rich holdings of editorial correspondence in the postwar period, offers potential for a PhD which makes a significant contribution to our knowledge of publishing and reading patterns, the history of popular culture, and social and ideological representations of women in the period 1945-1973. In addition to the paper archive, the University also holds file copies of Mills & Boon publications, enabling a student to combine bibliographical and book historical analysis with study of the textual and paratextual aspects of the books themselves.

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Publishing Research Conference - Call for Papers - Florence, Italy - May 2013

Research Conference led by the universities of Paris, Oxford Brookes, HTWK Leipzig, Ljubljana, Milan

30-31 May 2013, Villa Finaly, Florence, Italy

Going digital: merging booktrade organizations

The purpose of the conference is not merely to analyse and question the book market and its economy but most of all to try to understand the evolutions led by the transformations the book is undergoing as an object, on a European scale.

En quoi les technologies numériques nous invitent-elles à repenser les métiers du livre ? Telle est la question à laquelle nous entendons apporter des éléments de réponse dans le cadre de la rencontre scientifique qui aura lieu à Florence les 30 et 31 mai prochains lors de l’université des métiers du livre rassemblant les universités de Paris Ouest-Nanterre-La Défense, Oxford Brookes, Leipzig, Ljubljana et Milan.


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