Publishing News | Postgraduate
Students from the MAs in Publishing at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University recently visited the Bodleian Library, where they learned about the theory and practice of hand-press printing.
Guided by Paul Nash (who is also a PhD student at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies), students found out more about the development of printing in the 15th century, and then had the opportunity to set their own type and print a keepsake. MA student Marina Debattista writes about the experience:
This Saturday (20th September), the Guardian starts a week-long series of pamphlets on Creative Writing. Patience Agbabi, newly appointed Creative Writing Fellow for the new MA at Oxford Brookes, has written the Poetry issue in this series, which will be featured in Sunday's Observer. Patience, who recently attended the launch of the new MA in Creative Writing, is author of Bloodshot Monochrome (2008) and Transformatrix (2000).
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Philip Pullman has agreed to be one of the new Fellows for Oxford Brookes' forthcoming MA in Creative Writing, and will be launching the course in September.
The new and exciting MA will bring opportunities for writers to develop their work across a wide range of genres, including screen writing.
Teaching on the course will be novelist James Hawes (A White Merc with Fins , Rancid Aluminium and most recently Speak for England) and poet Jane Yeh (Marabou and Teen Spies), as well as other Creative Writing Fellows who will be announced shortly.
Two students on the MA in Publishing programme have won scholarships to work at the World Bank in Washington for three months this summer.
In 2006, with the goal of broadening its talent pool, the Office of Diversity Programs and the Office of the Publisher at the World Bank in Washington created the World Bank Publishing Internship Prize, to be awarded annually to three students studying publishing. The winners each receive an award of $7,500, to cover travel and their living expenses during their three-month internship at the World Bank in Washington
Graduate Publishing Scholarships for 2008
The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies is delighted to announce four new scholarships for students on the MA in Publishing programmes at Oxford Brookes University starting their studies in September 2008. The four new scholarships are:
- Cambridge Publishing Scholarship – award of £1,500
- Hachette Livre UK Publishing Scholarship – award of £1,500
- Publishing Training Centre Diversity Scholarship – award of £5,000
- Random House Group Publishing Scholarship – award of £1,500
From September 2008 we will be running a new MA in Creative Writing:
This course will provide students with excellent opportunities to pursue their writing at postgraduate level in different genres and for different audiences. The course will be taught by leading contemporary writers, will include a programme of invited speakers and connections to the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, and will make full use of our situation in Oxford, a wonderful place to be a writer!
Two MA in History of Medicine students have had articles published in Reinvention: A Journal of Undergraduate Research. Fraser Joyce has published 'Prostitution and the Nineteenth Century: In Search of the "Great Social Evil"' and Lauren Paice has published 'Overspill Policy and the Glasgow Slum Clearance Project in the Twentieth Century: From One Nightmare to Another?'
The two articles are available at the Reinvention Journal web site.
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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.