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His Dark Materials mania!

Thousands of excited young girls and their families queued for hours on a cold and blustery April day in Oxford. Why? They were all hoping for the chance to audition for the part of Lyra in the His Dark Materials film trilogy.  The books on which the films are based – Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass – were written by local author and Oxford Brookes honorary graduate Philip Pullman, and have been an international publishing phenomenon.  They are now being filmed by New Line, who made The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the first film is scheduled for release at the end of 2007.

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Publishing Students win Dissertation Prizes

Isabel Essery has won the Sue Thomson prize this year for the work on South African publishing. Her dissertation The Impact of Politics on Indigenous Independent Publishers from 1970-2004 Illustrated by a Case Study of David Philip Publishers, has won her £250 and two days training here at Oxford Brookes.

Sara Montgomery was given a “highly commended” for here dissertation: Queer Today, Gone Tomorrow? What will be the fate of gay and lesbian publishing in the UK in the face of increased competition from mainstream publishers?.

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Publishing Visit to Bologna Children’s Book Fair

Blazing spring sunshine greeted staff and students from the Publishing Department to the Bologna Children's Book Fair. From 27-30 March 2006 Claire Squires and nine MA students visited Bologna, which plays annual host to the biggest book fair dealing with children's publishing and the multimedia industry.  As well as gathering information for project work and prospecting for jobs, students had the opportunity to meet with a number of key personnel in the children's book world, including literary agent Catherine Clarke, film scout Fiona Kenshole, publisher Robert Seath of Lion Hudson books, and children's literature editor at the Guardian, Julia Eccleshare.

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Working in Publishing Day

This year's Working in Publishing Day, hosted by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, was a great success. Publishers and recruitment consultants representing over 20 companies joined with alumni to share with current MA and undergraduate students their 'top tips' for how to find jobs in the industry.  The highlight of the day took place in the Sports Hall, where in 'speed-dating' meetings with publishers, students were able to ask questions and learn more about individual companies, including Blackwell's, HarperCollins, Macmillan and Oxford University Press.

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Chinese publishers visit Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies

On Friday 10 March a delegation of publishers from China visited Oxford and met with Angus Phillips and Adrian Bullock. The 45 delegates had been attending the London Book Fair earlier in the week, and came to Oxford for a briefing on UK publishing. Angus Phillips outlined the present issues facing UK publishing, and Adrian Bullock presented the results of his research into the attitudes of UK publishers to trading with China. The delegation included representatives of 20 publishers, including Science Press, China Travel and Tourism Press, Shandong Publishing Group, Jiangsu General Publishing House, and the Commercial Press.

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Print on Demand

David Taylor from Lightning Source Ltd. gave a very illuminating talk on 'Print-on-Demand' (POD) to Postgraduate students on the Publishing programme.

Lightning Source has become one of the largest organisations world-wide to provide 'print-on-demand' services. With plants in the UK (Milton Keynes) and the USA (Nashville), Lightning Source are able to print single copies of books, using a file provided by the publisher.

David explained to us that POD is introducing all sorts of opportunities for new business models, including small scale publishers with 2 or less titles, self-publishing, and removal of the need for warehousing of books.

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MA in Publishing students working on Story Museum

Five students from the MA in Publishing course at Brookes are currently undertaking work experience for the Story Museum. So far they have been involved in research, writing, design, photography, and events (author signings, story telling, drawing workshops, school exhibitions, theatre).

The Story Museum is a registered charity with authors Philip Pullman and Jacqueline Wilson as patrons. The long term objective is to raise the funds to build a children’s museum in Oxford about books and stories. The museum will be interactive and include galleries, reading areas, performance spaces, and play and activity areas. The aim is to get children to love stories and books, as there is evidence that this leads to doing better both at school and in life beyond education.

Until they raise the required funds to build the museum, the charity is operating as a virtual museum that runs events and exhibitions, both in schools and for the public. For further information see

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International Publishing Evening

MA Publishing students introduced themselves at the OPUS (Oxford Publishing Society) International Evening.
OPUS organise these events annually and this year's again took place at the offices of Oxford solicitors, Blake Lapthorn Linnell. The food and drink was plentiful and the company was very international. Many Publishing students attended the event and after introductions from Angus Phillips (Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies), several students explained to the gathered crowd, their own reasons for coming to Oxford.

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Book of the Year Award

Raphael: From Urbino to Rome published by the National Gallery and written by Tom Henry of the School of Arts & Humanities (with Hugo Chapman and Carol Plazzotta) has won the prestigious Book of the Year Award at the annual British Book Design and Production Awards. The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies has worked on the organisation of these awards along with the British Printing Industries Federation and the Publishers Association since they were re-launched four years ago. These awards celebrate the quality of book design and production produced by UK publishers and UK printers. Adrian Bullock , with support from Publishing students, plays an important role in these awards which includes the cataloguing of the books being submitted and hosting the judging here at Brookes each summer.

Details of the award winners can be found at [url=][/url]

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Publishing department visits the Frankfurt Book Fair

Several staff from the publishing department accompanied by 30 students from the MA Publishing Programme have returned from a highly successful visit to the 2005 Frankfurt Book Fair.

Many publishing companies obliged the Brookes visitors with appointments on their stands and they gave much valuable information about the way that the rights deals are struck at Frankfurt and at Book Fairs generally. Although this was a short visit, the 'Frankfurter Buchmesse' is an intense but inspiring adventure.

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A Flickr set here 

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