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SHARP conference, Helsinki

The 10th Annual Conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) took place in Helsinki last week, 17-20 August 2010.  Themed 'Book Culture from Below', the conference sought to explore new perspectives on book and publishing history by focusing non-canonical and marginal books, readers, authors, and publishers over the centuries.

Jane Potter of OICPS gave a paper entitled 'A Certain Poetess': Recuperating Jessie Pope (1878-1941)', the much-maligned 'friend' of Wilfred Owen's 'Dulce et Decorum Est', whose patriotic verse in periodicals such as Punch and the Daily Mail sit in glaring opposition to the work of the celebrated 'soldier poets' of the First World War. Potter drew on and expanded her Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/98109) entry on Pope to argue for a more subtle consideration of this writer's life and work.

Podcasts of the plenary talks and photographs from the daily events may be found at: http://www.helsinki.fi/sharp2010/index.htm

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Diversity in Publishing

Unber Sheikh, a student on the MA in Publishing, writes about her time at Oxford Brookes and her participation in initiatives to encourage greater diversity in publishing:

When I applied for the MA in Publishing I underestimated the profound impact it would have on both my personal and professional development. Before applying I, like many, had felt the effects of this country’s worst economic downturn through an unexpected period of unemployment. During my job search, I came across the MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University and applied hoping that it would help improve my situation. It’s one year on and I can honestly say that I have no regrets.

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The future of books – PM programme BBC Radio 4

 Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes, was interviewed on the PM programme on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday 20 July about the growth of ebooks and the future of the publishing industry. He was interviewed alongside John Sutherland, Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London. The discussion was in response to the news from Amazon in the US that for the last three months, sales of books for the Kindle outnumbered sales of hardcover books.

You can read some of the comments in response from listeners at the PM blog here:

 

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Survey about Publishing Skills - Play Your Part in Shaping Future Skills Now

Play Your Part in Shaping Future Skills Now

Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for Creative Media, are running a Workforce Survey to help them produce the most comprehensive profile of working life in the UK's Publishing and Creative Media Industries. Play your part in shaping how they support the training you need to survive and thrive in these challenging times. Whether you are an employee or a freelancer working in UK publishing, tell them about your skills needs, experience of training and recruitment, future plans and working patterns.

Click here to fill in the Skillset Creative Media Workforce Survey: http://www.skillsetworkforcesurvey.com/

The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Please feel free to forward on to other friends and colleagues working in the industry.

(If you are an Internet Explorer 6 user, click here for instructions on instructions that will help you gain access: http://www.skillset.org/research/activity/workforce/article_7779_1.asp )

 

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Sonic Art Research Unit visit STEIM

During 2009-2010 members of the SARU from Fine Art and Music have been collaborating with International Visiting Fellow Jos Zwaanenberg on the creation of a series of new works. Efthymios Chatzigiannis, Paul Dibley and Paul Whitty from Music visited STEIM in Amsterdam in June to work with Jos Zwaanenberg on a performance of their new works. STEIM is a centre for the research and development of instruments & tools for performers in the electronic performance arts. Early Career Fellow in Sonic Art Stephen Cornford has also created a new work for Jos which will form part of a CD release featuring all of the works... watch this space for more news!

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OICPS in China

The 11th China Communication Conference was held at Peking University on the 9th and 10th July 2010. The overall theme was New Media, Diverse Cultures and Global Communication, and Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (OICPS), was a plenary speaker. With the overall title, ‘The Future of the Book in the Digital Age’, he spoke in particular about how publishers need to change their way of thinking to develop content which can be delivered on different platforms, and how new media can be used to promote reading and the sale of books, whether in print or digital form.

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Music lecturer to speak about Verdi at the Proms and on Radio 3

Senior Lecturer in Musicology Alexandra Wilson will be one of the speakers taking part in the BBC Proms Intro event on Sunday 18 July at the Royal College of Music. Together with fellow musicologist Roger Parker (King's College London) and Radio 3 presenter Louise Fryer, she will be discussing Verdi's 1881 opera Simon Boccanegra, exploring its music, historical contexts and performance history. The opera will be performed at that evening's Prom by the Royal Opera, conducted by Antonio Pappano, with a cast that includes Placido Domingo in the title role. The concert will be broadcast live on Radio 3, and highlights from the Proms Intro talk can be heard during the interval.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms/2010/whatson/1807.shtml

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Honorary doctorate for Felicity Bryan

The literary agent, Felicity Bryan, was awarded an honorary doctorate by Oxford Brookes University at a ceremony last week. She started her agency over twenty years ago and represents a range of famous writers including Karen Armstrong, Penelope Hobhouse, and Rosamunde Pilcher. Through a recent management buy-out two fellow directors now share ownership of the business.

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Creative Writing student wins Deddington Short Story Prize

Gwilym Scourfield, currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing, has won the short story prize at the 2010 Deddington Festival. He scooped the £100 cash prize with his story titled ‘Cuckoo’, which he wrote as a part of his postgraduate studies.

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Florence Summer School

During two weeks in May, OICPS students and staff took part in a summer school at the Villa Finaly, the University of Paris’s exquisite base in Florence. 

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