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Book Conference Opens

The Annual Book Conference, hosted by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies has got off to a good start.

During the first day of The Book Conference the delegates and attendees enjoyed a good range of speakers including Juliet Gardiner, Carole Blake and Peter Mayer (all seen here). Their perspectives on the relationship between authors and publishers sparked a lively debate during the second plenary session.

During the first plenary session of the conference, Antony Beever of the Society of Authors (UK), set the scene with a comprehensive review of the threats to authors' rights. 

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Publishing Students at the World Bank

Three students from the MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes have spent the summer as interns at the World Bank in Washington DC. Xu Yanmei, Wai Sum Cheung and Jan Kasprzycki-Rosikon have been working in the Office of the Publisher at the World Bank. In July they were visited by Angus Phillips from Oxford Brookes, who discussed arrangements for the internship scheme with Richard Crabbe from the World Bank.

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Visit from Higher Education Press, China

A delegation of 20 publishers from Higher Education Press in Beijing visited the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies. Over a two-week period, the delegates attended training sessions on campus and met with local publishers including OUP, Elsevier, and Blackwell. The visit ended with a morning of presentations in Headington Hill Hall. This is the fourth visit from HEP and it is hoped to welcome a further delegation next year. Adrian Bullock and Angus Phillips will be meeting HEP at the Book Fair in Beijing later in the summer, when they accompany the UKti trade mission to China.

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From Electronic to Interactive

The new web site is up for a new masters programme in Publshing - MA Interactive Media Publishing. Several months into the preparations and loads of meetings and a revalidation - the new programme sees a change of name and a closer integration with the MA Publishing Programme delivered in the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies. This Autumn, the MA Electronic Media will be replaced by the MA Interactive Media Publishing - 10 years after the Electronic Media course was started in the then, School of Art, Publishing and Music.

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epublishing Prizes

Harcourt Education, a publishing company with local offices in Oxford, have been involved with the MA epublishing module for the fourth year running. Small teams of students have developed new electronic prototype products based on Harcourt's Heinemann secondary school books. At the end of the module the prototype websites were presented and in addition to each one being graded as normal, a representative from Harcourt was in attendance to choose first and second prize winners. Ian Cavey, e-Learning and Online Manager for Harcourt Education, was impressed with the students and reported that "all the presentations were of a very high standard. All the groups had obviously carried out a large amount of research and came up with some original and innovative ideas." The first prize of £350 went to a group of three students, Julian Littlewood, Junwen Deng and Lisa Morgan who produced a web site based on the Heinemann Eureka Success in Science course material. Second prize of £150 went to Helen Moreno, Sara Porter and Bethan Thomas for their website based on the Heinemann Themes in RE: Learning from Religions, a book targeting key stage 3.

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What ever happened to Cool Britannia? Publishing Lecturer responds…

While the UK was voting in the general election, Claire Squires (Publishing), was invited to speak at the conference 'What ever happened to Cool Britannia? The UK after eight years of Blair', held in Montreal from 4-6 May 2005. Claire gave a paper entitled '"Young, Gifted and Very Good Looking": British Literature and Publishing in the 1990s and 2000s', on a panel which focused on Contemporary British Culture. The conference was hosted by the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales at the Universite de Montreal in Canada. Papers from the conference, which included the keynote speakers Anthony Seldon, Geoff Mulgan and Theodore Marmor, are available as video online.

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Dissertation Award for Brookes Publishing Graduate

Kimberley Morgan is one of two winners of the Sue Thompson Foundation Publishing Awards 2004 for her dissertation entitled Publishing in the Fifth Dimension: Theosophy and the Birth of Mind, Body and Spirit Publishing. The press release issued on 12th May 2005 states. "Kimberley Morgan, a BA student at Oxford Brookes University, selected, in theosophy, what might seem at first an unlikely subject. She researched and tracks its development into a publishing movement with international dimensions, albeit not a commercial one at the outset, and identifies a vast bibliography. "

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Boys in Khaki, Girls in Print

Oxford University Press has announced the forthcoming September publication of Boys in Khaki, Girls in Print: Women's Literary Responses to the Great War 1914-1918 by Dr. Jane Potter of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies. This book turns the spotlight on the novels and memoirs of women writers that appealed to a British mass reading public hungry for amusement, news, and above all, encouragement in the face of uncertainty and grief.

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Publishing Department at the Bologna Book Fair

A small group of MA Publishing students plus two publishing staff visited the April 2005 Bologna Book Fair. A great time was had by all, the sun shone, we had some fantastic meals and some serious publishing activities took place too. We had meetings with Kate Harris from OUP; Catherine Clarke, literary agent with Felicity Bryan Agencey Julia Eccleshare, Guardian children's editor; Eirin Hagen from Cappelens the Norwegian Publisher, and Fiona Kenshole, film scout for a Hollywood animation production company. Many excellent contacts were also made - and a job offer for one of our students! We also had the opportunity to meet with students and staff from the Bologna University MA Publishing programme, and with the course director, Umberto Eco. We are hoping that some of these students will visit Oxford Brookes later this summer. see more images here

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Ghostwriting at the Oxford Literary Festival

On Friday 15 April, Claire Squires, Senior Lecturer in Publishing, will be chairing a panel at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival on the subject of Ghostwriting. Featuring on the panel are Andrew Crofts, ghostwriter of over forty books and author of a guide to the profession, /Ghostwriting/; Jennie Erdal, whose recent memoir /Ghosting/ details her fifteen-year role as amanuensis to 'Tiger', a high-profile literary figure; and Antonia Hodgson, editorial director at Time Warner, who has worked on several co-written celebrity projects. For more information on this and other events, please see the Festival website

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