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Friday 13 April, Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies
This is the second forum in association with Peking University and the Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication. The first was held in August 2011 in Beijing. The aim is to continue the agenda around the copyright trade between the two countries and broaden out the discussion to cover recent developments in publishing as well as cultural relations. You can download the full programme from here; speakers include:
Stephen Bourne, Chief Executive, Cambridge University Press; Professor Xiao Dongfa, Peking University; Lynette Owen, Copyright Director, Pearson Education; Professor Paul Richardson; Susanna Nicklin, Director Literature, British Council; Professor Zhiqiang Zhang, Nanjing University
Publishing professionals, academics, and students interested in the forum are welcome to attend. To book a place, please email Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies:
Oxford is bidding to become World Book Capital in 2014. This an annual award granted by UNESCO which acknowledges the best year-long programme proposed by a city to promote books and foster reading. Oxford’s bid is for the year from April 2014 to April 2015, but the winner of this bid will be announced in 2012. Oxford has unparalleled resources and a world-renowned economy in place to support a programme of this kind. There are probably more major culturally diverse authors based in or around Oxford than in any comparable city in the world. The International Publishers Association, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions and the International Booksellers Federation all participate in the award selection, which has no financial prize.
One of the partners involved in the bid is Oxford Brookes University, and Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, has been interviewed about the bid:
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Jane Potter from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes has been selected as one of the twelve researchers invited to participate in an AHRC/BBC workshop on the First World War. The AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) issued a call in December inviting expressions of interest from researchers interested in taking part in an event that will help inform and influence BBC thinking around the coverage of the centenary of the First World War in 2014.
Jane Potter is the editor of a new Penguin Classic, Three Poets of the First World War: Ivor Gurney, Isaac Rosenberg, Wilfred Owen (2011). Her co-editor is Jon Stallworthy, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Oxford. Jane is also editor of the Wilfred Owen Association Journal.
It was the first AHRC call of its kind and a total of 73 expressions of interest were received with 12 researchers selected by the specially convened panel.
In October 2011, 32 students from the MA Publishing programme at Oxford Brookes visited the Frankfurt Book Fair, where they took in the range of activities and events at the largest trade fair for publishing in the world. They also had meetings on stand with a number of publishers including Bloomsbury, Dorling Kindersley, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Macmillan, New Internationalist, Pearson, and Perseus Books. Neil Munro, MA Publishing student, writes about his experiences:
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Sophie Hall, studying for the MA Publishing at Oxford Brookes, writes about the conference of the Society of Young Publishers held on Saturday 19 November 2011. The conference title was Press Forward: Updating an Outdated Industry – the programme was put together by Aaron O’Dowling Keane, who graduated from the master’s at Brookes in 2010.
Abigail Pukaniuk and Daniel Parker, the two recipients from Oxford Brookes in 2010 of bursaries from the Stationers’ Foundation, were made Freemen of the City livery company on Monday 24 October 2011. Abigail and Daniel have now graduated from the MA Publishing. At the same ceremony, the 2011 bursary recipients, including Emma Griffin from Oxford Brookes, were called forward by Nick Steidl, Chairman of the Foundation, to receive their certificates.
The poet Wilfred Owen was killed on 4 November 1918 at Ors in the north of France, seven days before the Armistice was announced. His parents received the news on Armistice Day itself.
His house has now been turned into an ‘imaginary building’ – a work of art by Simon Pattinson – leaving untouched the cellar in which Owen wrote his last letter home to his mother. ‘There is no danger down here - or if any, it will be well over before you read these lines.’ In a recent R4 programme, Bleached Bone and Living Wood, Jane Potter, Senior Lecturer at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, was interviewed about the conversion of the house. She was also interviewed in the Oxford Times.
On 3rd and 4th November a conference was held in Bucharest, Romania, with the title ‘Ebook revolution – challenges and perspectives’. Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University, gave two presentations, ‘The Digital Tide in the UK’ and ‘Digital Currents: Issues and opportunities’.
He talked about the pace of change in the UK, with growing sales of ebooks, and the corresponding changes around workflow and the skills required of publishing professionals. Other speakers included Miha KovaÄ, publisher at the Mladinska knjiga Group in charge of the company’s digital strategy and Professor at the Department of Information Science at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; and Rüdiger Wischenbart of Wischenbart Consulting and lecturer at the University of Vienna.
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The British Book Design and Production Awards 2011 were celebrated at a glittering gala evening, held at the Lancaster London Hotel on Tuesday 8 November, with the great and the good of the publishing industry in attendance. The awards took the theme of Once Upon a Time whilst the celebrity host for the event was Tony Hawks, TV and radio comedian and bestselling author. He is the author of Round Ireland with a Fridge - the story of his quest to hitch round the circumference of Ireland within a month ... with a fridge.
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. A Book of Britain was selected to win the Book of the Year prize out of the winners of 16 other categories at the awards, supported by the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), Oxford Brookes University, and the Publishers Association. Published by HarperCollins, the book is written by countryside campaigner Sir Johnny Scott. The judging panel, made up of industry experts, said it won for its ‘glorious feel-good factor’ and ‘great choice of materials and images’.
The MA Publishing programme has high rates of employability on completion, and many publishers actively look out for our graduates. There are some companies which take a large number of our students each year, and a good example is Taylor & Francis, a leading academic publisher. From the class of 2010 they took 13 students, who all met up recently for lunch.
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