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Publishing students visit Bloomsbury

Students from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies recently visited Bloomsbury plc at the invitation of Industry Advisory Board member and Deputy Managing Director of A & C Black, Jonathan Glasspool.

Becky Cook, a student on the MA in Publishing, reports on the day:

'To say that Bloomsbury is a well know publishing house is an understatement. For years they have been successful in trade fiction and non-fiction and have produced some of the best selling books in recent years. With the success of the Harry Potter series, Bloomsbury has become almost legendary, so when the trip to their offices in Soho Square was announced I jumped at the chance to visit.

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Publishing Training Centre Diversity Scholarship

Giselle Regus, MA Publishing 2008-9, was awarded a bursary from the Publishing Training Centre. This diversity scholarship is awarded to a black and minority ethnic student studying for a Master's Degree in Publishing.

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MA Publishing students at the World Bank in Washington

Daria Bierla and Phithizela Ngcobo, MA Publishing students, have commented on the three months they have just spent in the summer of 2008 in the Office of the Publisher at the World Bank in Washington. They won these interneships after being interviewed at the London Book Fair in April 2008.

You can read their comments on this web page.

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Ljubljana Book Fair 2008

Claire Squires, Senior Lecturer in Publishing at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, recently visited the Ljubljana Book Fair in Slovenia.

She was invited to deliver a lecture entitled 'Stories of Success: Marketing British Fiction', based on her book Marketing Literature: The Making of Contemporary Writing in Britain at the Book Fair. Fellow speakers in the Fair's programme of talks included Jason Epstein, author of Book Business: Publishing Past Present and Future, and Michel Bruillon of the Pôle Métiers du Livre at the Université Paris X-Nanterre.

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Guadalajara Book Fair, Mexico 2008

Held annually, the Guadalajara International Book Fair is the leading book fair in Latin America. In December 2008 the 22nd fair attracted representatives from 1,600 publishers from 39 countries. The fair, known as the FIL (Feria Internacional del Libro), is also open to the general public, who can buy books from the stands. It is a major cultural festival with a range of events from literary readings to concerts. Overall half a million people attended the fair, at which the guest of honour was Italy.

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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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