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Staff training is the way forward in the Economic downturn!

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies is pleased to announce its programme of short courses to be held in January 2009.

In October of this year, captains of industry, including CBI director General Richard Lambert and Marks & Spencer chairman Sir Stuart Rose, published an open letter in which they stated that despite the current economic downturn, cutting training budgets would be a false economy. The letter went on to say, "investing now in building new skills will put us in the strongest position as the economy recovers. From our experience in previous downturns, it was the businesses that did invest in their staff that saw the most dynamic recovery."

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Moscow calling

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, at Oxford Brookes University, and Moscow State University of Printing Arts notched up another first when the new Master's in Publishing opened its doors to a 50-strong cohort in Moscow on 1 November 2008.

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Publishing students visit the Oxford University Press Museum

Students from the MAs in Publishing in the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies recently visited Oxford University Press's Museum.

Marina Debattista, MA student, reports on the visit:

'The Oxford University Press Museum - consisting of a large, circular hall - creates the illusion that its history is also circular. The online version of the Oxford English Dictionary - the last item in the museum, placed close to the exit - coincides, at least symbolically, with the very first one, the book published in 1478. The opposites meet here, only to remind us that the electronic medium is not necessarily the negation of the printed medium.

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“Cultivating Britons” Conference held at Brookes

A one-day interdisciplinary conference took place at Brookes on 19 September 2008 entitled "Cultivating Britons: Culture and Identity in Britain, 1901-1936". The event was organised jointly by Alexandra Wilson (Music) and two historian colleagues: Alex Windscheffel (RHUL) and Ruth Clayton Windscheffel (Oxford). The aim of the conference was to examine ruptures and continuities in the social and cultural life of Britain in the first three and a half decades of the twentieth century and to explore the extent to which attempts to "cultivate Britons" (often regarded as a distinctively Victorian endeavour) continued into and metamorphosed during the early twentieth century. 33 delegates attended the conference and the range of disciplines represented included History, English Literature, Music, Theology, Art History and Publishing. The twelve papers presented covered topics as diverse as First World War propaganda; the interwar Dictionary of National Biography; gender and the politics of respectability; blackface minstrelsy in the British police; and Jewish youth work. The conference organisers hope to arrange future "Cultivating Britons" events.

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National Museum Workshop held in Oslo

Voksenasen, in the hills above Oslo, hosted the sixth and final workshop in the NaMu series on 17 - 19 November. Sally Hughes presented a short paper on museum guide books using material from her AHRC funded research in museum publishing. NaMu I is funded by the Marie Curie Foundation and the European Union under the Sixth Framework.

 

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Digs magazine launched!

Launched in the autumn of 2008, Digs is a magazine about student life in Oxford which is freely distributed to students at Oxford Brookes and Oxford Universities. The magazine started out as coursework for a first-year undergraduate project at Oxford Brookes, in the module Introduction to Magazine Publishing.

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British Book Design and Production Awards 2008

Three hundred guests from book publishers and manufacturers gathered in London's Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square on Wednesday 12 November for the 2008 British Book Design and Production Awards. The Awards were introduced by BPIF President Mike Taylor and presented by writer, broadcaster and former MP Gyles Brandreth. The annual awards are organized by the British Printing Industries Federation, Oxford Brookes University and the Publishers Association.

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Frankfurt Book Fair visit 2008

Students from the MA Publishing courses at Oxford Brookes University visited the Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2008. At the Fair they had meetings with a range of publishers large and small, including A&C Black, Attwooll Associates, Camelot Editions, Casemate, Continuum, Dorling Kindersley, Infinite Ideas, Myriad Editions, New Internationalist, Orion, Patmos Verlag, Pearson Education, Playbac, Random House, and Wiley.

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Publishing Students hand-press print at the Bodleian

Students from the MAs in Publishing at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University recently visited the Bodleian Library, where they learned about the theory and practice of hand-press printing.

Guided by Paul Nash (who is also a PhD student at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies), students found out more about the development of printing in the 15th century, and then had the opportunity to set their own type and print a keepsake.  MA student Marina Debattista writes about the experience:

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Claire Squires judges a book by its cover for the Financial Times

Claire Squires, Senior Lecturer in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University, recently wrote an article for the Financial Times on the cover design of Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons.

Writing for a series in the FT called 'How to Judge a Book by its Cover', Squires explains how the design pictured here did not appear until 1938 (8 years after initial publication of the book). Ransome only started illustrating his own work with the third in the Swallows and Amazons series, Peter Duck, as a textual joke: the pictures were supposed to have been drawn by the children in the book.

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