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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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Creative Writing Winner

Winning creative writing from the first-year Publishing module Creative Writing for Publishing has been published online at Pirandello. In the module, students produce an opening chapter of a children's book, write a covering letter, a synopsis and a market analysis of their book. The overall winner was Alexis Goodyear's /My Brother is an Alien/. Alexis says that 'the inspiration ... speaks for itself really! Not that my brother really is an alien, but sure enough, there were times during his adolescence that he had a question mark above his head! ... Teenage boys, bad habits and funny smells, really sums up my story- I hope you enjoy reading it!'

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MA in Publishing student launches book on Brahms

The Variations of Johannes Brahms by Julian Littlewood (384pp) went on 1st Oct 2004 (£40/£20). Published by Plumbago Books and Arts as the first in a new series 'Poetics of Music', the book is being distributed by Boydell and Brewer Ltd (Univ. of Rochester Press in the USA) and will go in their Spring 2005 catalogue. The official launch is in London on Wednesday 6 Oct.; further details are available from Plumbago books. Julian has typeset books for several other publishers, e.g. Brill, and currently has two further projects for Plumbago in progress.

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AfricaPublishing.com launched by Publishing MA Graduate

David Ng'ang'a, who graduated with an MA in Publishing 2003, has founded AfricaPublishing.com. This service aims to increase awareness of African publishing and develop dialogue between all those interested in African publishing.

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Guardian mention for Publishing Lecturer

Dr Jane Potter, Lecturer in the Publishing Department and a Research Editor for the new edition of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, is mentioned in a Guardian article on Barbara Cartland's appearance in the new DNB. Her kindly but probing editorial skills are spoken of with great appreciation by the article's author, John Ezard... Full Guardian article here

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