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MA Publishing Student writes about her AHRC Scholarship

Raya Ubenova (MA Publishing 2010-11) has written an article for our student feedback pages. Raya explains how the AHRC scholarship has helped her focus on her studies here at Oxford Brookes University.

You can read the article here.

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Alexandra Wilson on BBC4 talking about opera heroines

Alexandra Wilson (Senior Lecturer in Musicology) can be seen on BBC4 this week, contributing to a documentary entitled "Opera's Fallen Women" to be broadcast on Friday 25 March at 8.30pm. The programme, presented by music director of the Royal Opera House Antonio Pappano, investigates the representation of 'fallen women' in operas by Bizet, Verdi, Puccini and others. It will be followed by the television premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's new opera "Anna Nicole", about the life of former Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith.


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MA Publishing Alumni writes about internship in Geneva

Aaron O’Dowling-Keane graduated from the MA in Publishing in 2010. She writes about her internship at the International Labour Organization in Geneva.

I did my interview for the Brooke’s MA in Publishing whilst sitting under a mosquito net in a remote village in Tanzania where I’d been working as a teacher in a local school. Evidently, from the outset the international element of the MA was important to me.  And the publishing department didn’t let me down, from the diverse make-up of the students, to international book fairs, to the courses I chose for the second semester - International Publishing Management and Publishing and Language - my passion for the global world of publishing was more than satisfied. 

You can read the full details from Aaron here.

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MA Publishing student writes about her work placement at Hachette in London.

Ola Wolenska was awarded the Hachette UK Publishing Scholarship for the year 2010-11. She writes about her experiences in Oxford and her work placements at Hachette in London.

Applying to Oxford Brookes University for the MA in Publishing was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I grew up surrounded by books, journals and magazines, having an academic professional for my mum and an aunt in magazines distribution. Literature has had a great influence on my development and who I am right now.

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The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize: rewarding talented women in publishing

The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize has recently opened for submissions. The Prize was relaunched this month in partnership with the Society of Young Publishers (SYP) and the Publishing Training Centre (PTC) with a new focus on emerging, rather than established, talent amongst women working in publishing. It aims to recognise and celebrate the achievements and promise of women early in their careers and, as such, is only open to women who have worked in publishing for fewer than seven years. The winner will receive £1000 sponsored by the SYP and a one-day training course of their choice, courtesy of the PTC.

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Memories of Mainz

Grace Glendinning, MA in Publishing, recalls a journey into publishing history and nerd heaven.

The chatter around 2010’s Frankfurt Book Fair was a steady stream of, “Tablets this, Magic Books that,” accompanied by an overarching, albeit nervous, chorus of, “All Hail the E-Reader.”

The digital frenzy in Frankfurt was certainly exciting and not a little overwhelming for a group of wide-eyed Publishing MAs. We were witnesses to the cutting-edge of global publishing. It was exhausting.

Having survived hours of rushed Q&A sessions and networking, networking, networking at the fair, many of us sought a change of scenery on our free day before returning to Oxford. In keeping with the literary theme, we chose to visit the city of Mainz, home to the incomparable Johannes Gutenberg and some really good Fleischwurst.

We took the short train ride into Mainz and stored our luggage (now laden with Frankfurt SWAG) in the station. We mapped the walk into the heart of the city and started on our way.

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News from Jargon Media - Miriam Johnson and Victoria Harben, MA Publishing Alumni

We just wanted to update you and Brookes on the newest venture that Jargon Media (Miriam Johnson and Victoria Harben [MA Publishing Alumni]) are working on. We are putting together an international literary magazine that we will publish on 1 November 2011.

The Istanbul Review creates a platform for dialogue between authors, new and established, and readers. It gives writers an opportunity to talk about their craft, showcase new work and discuss the philosophical implications of literature and its place in modern society.

Founded by Miriam Johnson, Hande Zapsu Watt and Victoria Harben in 2010, the Istanbul Review began with a simple wish: to bring together writers, critics and those influential people from other walks of life whose lives have been changed by literature and who in turn change the world.

Further details

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1 week left to enrol on our Campus-based Certificate in Journals Publishing Course 2011

Enhance your knowledge of journals publishing, and gain a professional qualification recognised by ALPSP from Oxford Brookes University. The Certificate in Journals Publishing offers delegates the opportunity to gain a strong overall knowledge of the journals industry, and to gain credits towards a Masters degree at Brookes. It is aimed at graduates currently working at entry-level in journals publishing, and who have, ideally, between 6-12 months experience within that environment. The course is also open to graduates from other relevant ‘knowledge industry’ sectors, such as academic libraries and learned societies.

The campus-based course will begin on Thursday 10th February, with a distance-learning version also available with an anytime start. Enrolment has now opened for both the campus-based and distance-learning formats. Please contact Sarah Gilkes, Business Development intern (Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or phone 01865 484996) for more information or for details on how to apply.

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Around The A4074 with Felicity Ford

On Boxing Day – 26th December 2010 – at 6pm on BBC Oxford, Felicity Ford’s radio project Around the A4074 will be aired on local radio for the first time. The schedule listing is here. The radio project was one of Felicity’s major research projects, created as part of her practice-based PhD at Oxford Brookes, entitled ‘The Domestic Soundscape and beyond… Presenting everyday sounds to audiences.’ The radio show explores how the everyday context of the commute might be seen or explored differently, and features interviews with Joe Moran – writer of On Roads; Andy Letcher – lead singer of Oxfordshire band Telling the Bees; discussions with Ed and Will from A Walk around Britain; features on The Warborough and Shillingford Festival; theWoodcote Steam Rally; the Biker’s Cafe at Berinsfield; Brazier’s Park and much, much more. The show features music from local bands including The Keeling Curve, Band of Hope, BanjoCat and Telling the Bees, as well as a huge array of environmental, ambient sounds recorded by Felicity Ford herself, in her many on-foot forrays around the A4074.

You can read more about the background of the project here.

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Alexandra Wilson presents Rossini’s “Otello” on Radio 3

Senior Lecturer in Musicology Alexandra Wilson presents Rossini's rarely heard opera Otello on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 11 December at 6pm. Although Rossini's version has been overshadowed in recent years by Verdi's setting of Othello, it was a huge hit in its day and tells us much about the nineteenth-century European reception of Shakespeare. In this concert performance by the Lyon Opera, recorded last month in Paris, the title role is sung by American tenor John Osborn and Desdemona is sung by Anna Caterina Antonacci. More information can be found on the Radio 3 website:

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