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Honorary doctorate for Felicity Bryan

The literary agent, Felicity Bryan, was awarded an honorary doctorate by Oxford Brookes University at a ceremony last week. She started her agency over twenty years ago and represents a range of famous writers including Karen Armstrong, Penelope Hobhouse, and Rosamunde Pilcher. Through a recent management buy-out two fellow directors now share ownership of the business.

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Florence Summer School

During two weeks in May, OICPS students and staff took part in a summer school at the Villa Finaly, the University of Paris’s exquisite base in Florence. 

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ePublishing Students win Pearson Education prizes

Pearson Education came to judge the work of the students taking the epublishing module, a part of the Publishing MA at Oxford Brookes University. Students taking the course worked on proposals for new online educational resources and developed websites based on Pearson's Secondary school range of books.

The course culminated in students presenting proposals for their new digital products while demonstrating their prototype websites. Marc Bloche, Head of Digital Publishing for the Secondary Division and Dr. Liz Marchant, Head of Publishing for Science choose first and second prize winners.

Both judges said they were very impressed with the standard of work the students had created and commented on their professional presentations.

The first prize of £350 went to Innocent Aguwuom, Michelle Ravey and Adam Wakeling for their Mira! website. This was based on the Mira! GCSE Spanish course book. The judges from Pearson commented that the students really understood their market, and had produced a beautifully designed, interactive site.

Second prize of £150 went to Renada Arens and Ilse Gey van Pittius for ChemistryQuest website to accompany a book aimed at teaching chemistry to 11-14 year olds. The judges loved the game-like interface, set in the labs of Antarctica, of this website. Users had a mission to save the world using their chemistry knowledge gained in this adventurous learning environment.

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Cambridge Publishing Scholarship

Charlotte Armstrong was awarded the Cambridge Publishing Scholarship for the year 2009-10. She writes about her experience on the MA Publishing at Oxford Brookes. To find out how to enter for this year’s scholarship, and the other awards available, please visit here:

http://ah.brookes.ac.uk/publishing/postgraduate_scholarships/

During my undergraduate degree in English Lit, I became interested in getting into publishing. I had always loved books, and really enjoyed the publishing-related activities I had been involved in at uni, such as being involved in the student newspaper. However, I realised that I actually had little practical understanding of the publishing industry, or indeed any real business acumen, and decided to apply for the Brookes Publishing MA to address these shortcomings. I cannot emphasize enough how much the course has helped me develop my early enthusiasm and experiences into more practical, career-focused aims. ...

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Hachette UK Publishing Scholarship

Polly Silk was awarded the Hachette UK Publishing Scholarship for the year 2009-10. She writes about her experience on the MA Publishing at Oxford Brookes.

To read Polly Silk's interesting piece on her experiences on the course and how the scholarship helped visit the page in our student feedback section.

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Bookseller Industry Awards 2010

The book industry now has a single set of awards, combining the trade Nibbies with the Bookseller’s Retail Awards. The winners were announced last week at the awards dinner at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Amongst the winners were Little Brown, Publisher of the Year, John Blake, Independent Publisher of the Year, and Quercus, Marketing Campaign of the Year. Virago and Lennie Goodings won the Imprint and Editor of the Year. Chain Bookseller of the Year was Foyles and the Independent Bookshop of the Year was won by One Tree Books in Petersfield in Hampshire.

The panel of judges for the publisher awards was chaired by Nigel Roby, Managing Director of The Bookseller. The judges included Eddie Bell, chair of the Bell Lomax Moreton Agency, Kate Wilson, MD of Nosy Crow, and Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University.

For full details of the awards, please visit:
http://www.thebookseller.com/awards

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Macmillan Publishing Scholarship

Renada Arens was awarded the Macmillan Publishing Scholarship for the year 2009-10. She writes about her experience on the Master’s in Publishing at Oxford Brookes. To find out how to enter for this year’s scholarship, and the other awards available, please visit the web page here.


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OICPS and the PA celebrate success of 2010 International Publisher Training Programme

The programme, which took place in Oxford over 5 days and included a number of  industry visits and featured a variety of speakers,   covered key issues such as trends in the UK market, digital developments, new product development and marketing strategy.  Some of the highlights were a visit to Lightning Source, a networking dinner with a fascinating talk from Simon Littlewood, International Director at Random House, and a workshop on buying and selling rights presented by Lynette Owen, Copyright Director at Pearson.

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MA in Book History and Publishing Culture now enrolling

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies has launched a new MA in Book History and Publishing Culture for September 2010.

This course in now enrolling.

This is a taught master’s course that focuses on the theory and practice of authorship, textual production, dissemination and reception in the period 1870-present day. It considers transitions in the publishing industry and the material conditions under which literary text has been produced, in national and international contexts.

Further Information is available on the MA in Book History and Publishing Culture page.

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OICPS at the 2010 London Book Fair

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies was widely represented at the 2010 London Book Fair. Our students assisted the LBF with organising seminars during the fair itself,  and we also ran four extremely well-attended seminars  on a wide variety of topics chaired by academics from the Centre, including one on  the “Mid-list crisis”  which featured in the Bookseller.com the following day. We also held a very lively and well-attended reception at our booth on the Tuesday evening.  Despite the lower attendance figures, traffic to the OICPS booth was steady, and there was lots of interest in our MA in Publishing, our Certificate in Journals Publishing, and our bespoke training and consultancy work

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