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PMT walk the Thames

Jonathan Davis and Gareth Watkins (MA Publishing 2008-09) write about their charity walk along the Thames in the summer of 2010.

On 17 July 2010, four members of publishing Men Together (PMT) - established on a crisp autumnal induction day at Oxford Brookes in 2007 - set off on a 100-mile, 7-day walk along the Thames Path. Journeying from London to Oxford, they raised money for and awareness of Booktrust UK ( and their programmes to support literacy at all levels of development. It also helped that their charitable activities are vaguely publishing-related, as there’s nothing better than helping support the readers of the future! As publishers we all believe in the importance of higher levels of literacy: not just to sell books, but because it is a lifelong skill that some children (and adults) never get to experience fully.

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SHARP conference, Helsinki

The 10th Annual Conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) took place in Helsinki last week, 17-20 August 2010.  Themed 'Book Culture from Below', the conference sought to explore new perspectives on book and publishing history by focusing non-canonical and marginal books, readers, authors, and publishers over the centuries.

Jane Potter of OICPS gave a paper entitled 'A Certain Poetess': Recuperating Jessie Pope (1878-1941)', the much-maligned 'friend' of Wilfred Owen's 'Dulce et Decorum Est', whose patriotic verse in periodicals such as Punch and the Daily Mail sit in glaring opposition to the work of the celebrated 'soldier poets' of the First World War. Potter drew on and expanded her Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ( entry on Pope to argue for a more subtle consideration of this writer's life and work.

Podcasts of the plenary talks and photographs from the daily events may be found at:

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Diversity in Publishing

Unber Sheikh, a student on the MA in Publishing, writes about her time at Oxford Brookes and her participation in initiatives to encourage greater diversity in publishing:

When I applied for the MA in Publishing I underestimated the profound impact it would have on both my personal and professional development. Before applying I, like many, had felt the effects of this country’s worst economic downturn through an unexpected period of unemployment. During my job search, I came across the MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University and applied hoping that it would help improve my situation. It’s one year on and I can honestly say that I have no regrets.

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The future of books – PM programme BBC Radio 4

 Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes, was interviewed on the PM programme on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday 20 July about the growth of ebooks and the future of the publishing industry. He was interviewed alongside John Sutherland, Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London. The discussion was in response to the news from Amazon in the US that for the last three months, sales of books for the Kindle outnumbered sales of hardcover books.

You can read some of the comments in response from listeners at the PM blog here:


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Survey about Publishing Skills - Play Your Part in Shaping Future Skills Now

Play Your Part in Shaping Future Skills Now

Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for Creative Media, are running a Workforce Survey to help them produce the most comprehensive profile of working life in the UK's Publishing and Creative Media Industries. Play your part in shaping how they support the training you need to survive and thrive in these challenging times. Whether you are an employee or a freelancer working in UK publishing, tell them about your skills needs, experience of training and recruitment, future plans and working patterns.

Click here to fill in the Skillset Creative Media Workforce Survey:

The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Please feel free to forward on to other friends and colleagues working in the industry.

(If you are an Internet Explorer 6 user, click here for instructions on instructions that will help you gain access: )


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OICPS in China

The 11th China Communication Conference was held at Peking University on the 9th and 10th July 2010. The overall theme was New Media, Diverse Cultures and Global Communication, and Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (OICPS), was a plenary speaker. With the overall title, ‘The Future of the Book in the Digital Age’, he spoke in particular about how publishers need to change their way of thinking to develop content which can be delivered on different platforms, and how new media can be used to promote reading and the sale of books, whether in print or digital form.

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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:

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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