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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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Research Co-operation Between Oxford Brookes University and Florida Atlantic University

Dr Christina Horvath Senior Lecturer in French has been awarded a £1500 travel grant by the British Council to visit Florida Atlantic University in early September 2010. The aim of the proposed visit is to initiate a new interdisciplinary research co-operation between researchers from Oxford Brookes University, UK, and Florida State University, US. The research expertise of Dr Christina Horvath and Dr Frederic Conrod lie in the field of suburban culture in contemporary France, a fast-growing and dynamic research area in French studies which demands to be explored from a variety of point of views combining approaches in comparative literature, film studies, urban sociology, cultural studies and architecture. Infamous for the riots in November 2005, the most serious civil unrest France experienced since the Algeria war, ‘banlieues’ are troubled suburban communities. Isolated from the centre, these huge housing projects built in the 1950’s and 1960’s to relieve housing shortage, have gradually become ghettos containing a dense concentration of minority ethnic populations. These disadvantaged neighbourhoods are suffering from high unemployment and crime rates and insufficient social services. Narrative works concerned with their representation are today a vibrant part of the rapidly growing field of post-colonial culture in France.

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Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 23 Jun 2010 around 11am

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ePublishing Students win Pearson Education prizes

Pearson Education came to judge the work of the students taking the epublishing module, a part of the Publishing MA at Oxford Brookes University. Students taking the course worked on proposals for new online educational resources and developed websites based on Pearson's Secondary school range of books.

The course culminated in students presenting proposals for their new digital products while demonstrating their prototype websites. Marc Bloche, Head of Digital Publishing for the Secondary Division and Dr. Liz Marchant, Head of Publishing for Science choose first and second prize winners.

Both judges said they were very impressed with the standard of work the students had created and commented on their professional presentations.

The first prize of £350 went to Innocent Aguwuom, Michelle Ravey and Adam Wakeling for their Mira! website. This was based on the Mira! GCSE Spanish course book. The judges from Pearson commented that the students really understood their market, and had produced a beautifully designed, interactive site.

Second prize of £150 went to Renada Arens and Ilse Gey van Pittius for ChemistryQuest website to accompany a book aimed at teaching chemistry to 11-14 year olds. The judges loved the game-like interface, set in the labs of Antarctica, of this website. Users had a mission to save the world using their chemistry knowledge gained in this adventurous learning environment.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 21 Jun 2010 around 2pm

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Cambridge Publishing Scholarship

Charlotte Armstrong was awarded the Cambridge Publishing Scholarship for the year 2009-10. She writes about her experience on the MA Publishing at Oxford Brookes. To find out how to enter for this year’s scholarship, and the other awards available, please visit here:

http://ah.brookes.ac.uk/publishing/postgraduate_scholarships/

During my undergraduate degree in English Lit, I became interested in getting into publishing. I had always loved books, and really enjoyed the publishing-related activities I had been involved in at uni, such as being involved in the student newspaper. However, I realised that I actually had little practical understanding of the publishing industry, or indeed any real business acumen, and decided to apply for the Brookes Publishing MA to address these shortcomings. I cannot emphasize enough how much the course has helped me develop my early enthusiasm and experiences into more practical, career-focused aims. ...

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MA CW Student Shortlisted for Bookline and Thinker’s Hookline Prize

Brookes' MA Creative Writing student Rachel Crowther's novel The Baby in the Phone Box has been shortlisted for Hookline's 2010 competition. The short list was based on book groups reading the first three chapters.These writers will now submit their complete works. These will be bound and distributed to book groups who will rate them on Writing style, character developments, plot and reader satisfaction.

You can read about the competition and how Rachel fares in the competition at http://roadtohookline.blogspot.com/.

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Hachette UK Publishing Scholarship

Polly Silk was awarded the Hachette UK Publishing Scholarship for the year 2009-10. She writes about her experience on the MA Publishing at Oxford Brookes.

To read Polly Silk's interesting piece on her experiences on the course and how the scholarship helped visit the page in our student feedback section.

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New book seeks to popularise opera

Senior Lecturer in Musicology Alexandra Wilson's latest book, Opera: A Beginner's Guide (Oxford, Oneworld Publications), is published on 1 June. Based in large part upon the Opera and Politics module Alexandra teaches at Brookes, the book is aimed at a wide international audience of students and opera-goers. As well as introducing readers to operatic history and terminology, the book discusses how operas have been performed, filmed, received and politicised, and explores their place in the modern world. Rescuing opera from tired cliches, Alexandra shows how the art-form engages with concerns relevant to contemporary audiences such as gender, race, politics and media. Her book has already been praised by reviewers for being 'engaging', 'enlightening' and 'easily readable', and for making 'a huge contribution' to the popularisation of opera.   

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Bookseller Industry Awards 2010

The book industry now has a single set of awards, combining the trade Nibbies with the Bookseller’s Retail Awards. The winners were announced last week at the awards dinner at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Amongst the winners were Little Brown, Publisher of the Year, John Blake, Independent Publisher of the Year, and Quercus, Marketing Campaign of the Year. Virago and Lennie Goodings won the Imprint and Editor of the Year. Chain Bookseller of the Year was Foyles and the Independent Bookshop of the Year was won by One Tree Books in Petersfield in Hampshire.

The panel of judges for the publisher awards was chaired by Nigel Roby, Managing Director of The Bookseller. The judges included Eddie Bell, chair of the Bell Lomax Moreton Agency, Kate Wilson, MD of Nosy Crow, and Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University.

For full details of the awards, please visit:
http://www.thebookseller.com/awards

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Macmillan Publishing Scholarship

Renada Arens was awarded the Macmillan Publishing Scholarship for the year 2009-10. She writes about her experience on the Master’s in Publishing at Oxford Brookes. To find out how to enter for this year’s scholarship, and the other awards available, please visit the web page here.


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OICPS and the PA celebrate success of 2010 International Publisher Training Programme

The programme, which took place in Oxford over 5 days and included a number of  industry visits and featured a variety of speakers,   covered key issues such as trends in the UK market, digital developments, new product development and marketing strategy.  Some of the highlights were a visit to Lightning Source, a networking dinner with a fascinating talk from Simon Littlewood, International Director at Random House, and a workshop on buying and selling rights presented by Lynette Owen, Copyright Director at Pearson.

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