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OPUS Annual Party

The Oxford Publishing Society (OPUS) held its annual party in January at Linnells' new offices in Botley. The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies is a member of OPUS and many of our staff and students chose to attend this important networking event.

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Guest Speakers in Publishing

The Oxford International Centre for Publisihing Studies have a distinguished range of publishing industry experts coming to talk to their undergraduate and postgraduate students during this semester. These include representatives from: Transworld, Rough Guides, Heinemann, Felicity Bryan Literary Agency, Pearson Education, Thames & Hudson, OUP, Cavendish Publishing, Bloomsbury, Capellen Oslo, Milet Publishing, James Currey Publishing, Virago, Persephone Books, Book Data, Macmillan, Nelson Thorne, White Ladder Press and Logos. This list includes major international publishers, small independent publishers, literary agents and one of the leading publishing journals.

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Culture and the Literary Prize conference papers published

The Culture and the Literary Prize conference, which was hosted at Oxford Brookes in October 2003, now has a continuing online presence. The website has abstracts for all the papers delivered at this major international conference, along with the full text of selected papers. During the conference over thirty speakers met to interrogate the place of the literary prize in contemporary culture, to disseminate the findings of their own research into prizes as diverse as the Hawthornden, the Prix Fémina Vie Heureuse and the Ingeborg Bachmann, and to debate the issues that arise out of consideration of the function and impact of literary prizes. Papers explored the production, marketing and consumption of literature, and examined the dynamics of book awards in relation to the codification of cultural value, the formation of cosmopolitan reading communities and the construction of national and trans-national identities. Please see the website for more details.

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The Third International Conference on the Book

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies is delighted to announce that it will host the International Conference on the Book in 2005. The third conference follows on from the success of the two earlier conferences, held in Cairns, Australia (2003) and Beijing, China (2004). The conference, taking place from 11 to 13 September 2005, will address a range of critically important themes relating to the book. Further information is available here.

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Phaswane Mpe

We have recently heard of the sad death of one our prominent African alumni, Phaswane Mpe, who died suddenly in Johannesburg on Sunday, December 12 2004, at the age of 34. After studying African Literature and English at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, he obtained a Diploma in Advance Study in Publishing from Oxford Brookes in 1997, and then returned to South Africa where he taught publishing and lectured in African Literature at Wits for several years. He was well known as a novelist and creative writer, and his novel, Welcome To Our Hillbrow, was published in 2001. A great champion of South African writing and publishing, Phaswane will be sorely missed.

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Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture

Kelvin Smith has guest-edited with Miha Kovac of the University of Ljubljana a volume of Javnost - The Public: Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture. The issue, 'Book Publishing in Europe', includes articles by Claire Squires and Fiona Sampson, also of Oxford Brookes, as well as contributors from Croatia, Finland and Slovenia. Topics covered include governmental support for publishing in Europe, trends in European book production and consumption, literary prizes, patterns of book pricing in Europe, the challenge to books and culture in Europe, publishing poetry in translation in the UK, and the Croatian book publishing market. The volume (XI: 4), was published in December 2004. See [url=http://www.euricom.si]http://www.euricom.si[/url] for more details.

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Winners of the British Book Design and Production Awards 2004

The British Book Design and Production Awards 2004, jointly sponsored by Oxford Brookes University Publishing Department, the Publishers Association, and the British Printing Industries Federation were awarded at the dinner on Tuesday 9th December. The judges Barbara Smith, Ron Costley and Mick Read included among the winners members BAS Printers, RPM Print & Design and H Charlesworth & Co. Past President Peter Yates presented the Baird Group Award for best book in 'Education Tertiary' to Alden group. Overall 'Book of the Year' was entered by publisher Thames and Hudson - 'David Bailey : Locations - The 1970s Archive'

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Reading Africa Conference attracts participants from throughout Africa and the UK

Over 50 writers, translators, publishers and librarians from twelve countries in Africa and from throughout the UK met at Headington Hill Hall on Saturday 30th October. With sessions focusing on different aspects of the development of readership for African literature, the meeting was organised by SABDET (Southern African Book Development Education Trust) and OICPS (Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies) as part of the Reading Africa programme.

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Publishing Training in Russia

Adrian Bullock has just returned from 11 days in Russia working for the British Council's Tempus-Tacis Project: Building Training Infrastructures for the Russian Book Industry. Adrian's brief was to design and facilitate a series of workshops in Samara, Yekaterinburg, and St Petersburg, whose purpose was to introduce participants to a teaching methodology suitable for adults undergoing professional training.

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Oxford Centre for Publishing Consultancy and Research

Launched in October 2004, this new Centre provides a focus for the consultancy, research and training activities carried out by the Publishing department at Oxford Brookes University. The Oxford Centre for Publishing Consultancy and Research provides a wide range of services to the publishing industry and other organizations throughout the world.

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