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The embracing of the digital age is fast becoming a necessity, not an option for publishers. It can be a confusing and perplexing situation, not helped by the perceived commercial risk. Oxford Publishing and Digital Media is running a series of courses starting on 2nd June 2008 for publishers, marketers, business development managers, editorial staff , online project managers and all those who are involved in developing online content. Have a look at the programme and see how we can help you.
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Publishing undergraduate student Megan Saunders, on a semester exchange at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia has written a report on her first impressions of being 'down under'.
Megan writes from Brisbane:
Issues I have had during my time away, so far, include…mosquitoes (enough said), sunburn (red head + fair skin + strong sun = bad idea), distractions from my work – when offers of a weekend at the beach are laid on the table you do not turn them down!
You can read the full report on the Publishing department's web page on student work experiences.
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Students and staff from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies recently visited the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Helen Swain, a student on the European Master in Publishing, reports:
Bologna welcomed Claire Squires, Caroline Hamilton and a number of Oxford Brookes students for the Children’s Book Fair 2008 on April 1 and 2. The beautiful, sun-drenched city itself caused immediate general infatuation of the eyes and taste buds, and initial impressions of the Book Fair were that it was smaller and more compact than its counterpart in Frankfurt. The Fair featured a significant graphic presence, with an impressive exhibition of illustrators’ drawings from all over the world and several interviews in the Illustrators’ Cafe. Another interesting aspect of the fair was the series of lectures and interviews on the subject of translation.
Just before Easter a group of MA in Publishing students at Oxford Brookes visited the book printer Biddles in Norfolk.
Chris Boor (MA publishing student) writes:
‘There's something decidedly satisfying about getting one's hands dirty in the line of work. Especially when the result of the labour was a book lovingly crafted by my own fair hands. Making our own books (technically making me a bookmaker?) was just one aspect of the visit to Biddles in Kings Lynn.
The 2008 Leipziger Buchmesse was held from 13 to 16 March 2008. This is an important spring event in Germany for the promotion of books from central and eastern Europe. The Fair had around 2,300 exhibitors and in the previous year attracted over 125,000 visitors. The Leipzig Book Award for European Understanding was given to the Dutch writer Geert Mak, author of In Europa (2004).
A former student of the MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University, Marie Halkjaer, has recently established her own publishing company in Denmark. Halkjaer returned to Denmark following the successful completion of her MA in 2005 and worked with several small publishers as head of marketing. She is now in the process of starting her own publishing company, Clockwise Publishing, which will publish its first book in May. She is also working as a freelance consultant.
Halkjaer recently published an article in the Danish magazine BogMarkedet describing how her experiences at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies helped to prepare her for the challenges of starting a new publishing company.
On March 10, 2008, Ophelia gave a fascinating, chilling and passionate talk to students and staff of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies about the history and work of English PEN and the Writers in Prison Programme, as well as the writers for whom English PEN is active.
From its apolitical beginnings in London in 1917 as a dining club for writers, International PEN has developed into an organisation with autonomous centres around the world, whose aims include the formation of a community of writers across cultures and the public upholding of human rights. In 1960 the Writers in Prison programme, which campaigns for writers imprisoned because of their work, was born. Since the late 1990s, English PEN has initiated new programmes building relationships between writers and communities and in 2004, the Writers in Translation programme was initiated, which provides grants to publishers to help them promote works in translation that they publish here in the UK.
Eva Kneissl, who successfully completed the MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University in 2007, has recently had an article published in the trade journal LOGOS. The article, which is adapted from Kneissl's Masters thesis, examines the challenges faced in translating Chinese fiction into English and reaching larger Western audiences.
The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies has just held its annual Working in Publishing Day. The day is an opportunity for our current students on the MA and BA in Publishing to talk to our alumni, gain careers advice, meet current employers and recruitment agencies.
Visitors included representatives from Cambridge University Press, Elsevier, HarperCollins, Haymarket, New Internationalist, Oxford University Press, Penguin, Sage, Usborne and Wiley Blackwell.
Students first visited Usborne Publishing, where they had sessions with Art Director Mary Cartwright (pictured) and Rights Director Elizabeth Wright. Later, students visited the dedicated children's bookshop Tales on Moon Lane, and talked to the shop manager George Hanratty.
The module on Children's Publishing, which is an option on the MAs in Publishing at Oxford Brookes, is a new course for 2007-8. Students have also heard from others involved in the children's book world, including the publisher David Fickling, the children's book critic of the Sunday Times Nicolette Jones, and OUP editor Liz Cross, who have joined the module as visiting speakers.
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