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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.

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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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Watching The View From The Afternoon

Eleanor Hatch - Robertson, e-zine editor and undergraduate publishing student is a cheeky alternative to the student newspaper and is supported by the Oxford Brookes Publishing Department. It is full of light-hearted fun and frolics, with the occasional dare I say it, bit of naughtiness! But this just makes it all the more fun to be a part of.

The View’s team are a lovely bunch. They do a fabulous job of keeping the tone witty and entertaining. Regardless of academic background, no-one working on the magazine takes themselves too seriously and this is where The View really manages to hit the pulse of student attitudes and living.

We do a whole plethora of studenty bits and bobs: anything from the events page to regular features, including the occasional more serious item. These are the things we feel affect Brookes students and our friends down the hill alike. We let writers decide what to write about because we really want this to be the students’ e-zine.

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Publishing alumni publish new social media magazine

Alumni Miriam Johnson and Victoria Harben (MA Publishing, 2008) have published So.Me Magazine through their editing and publishing company Jargon Media LLC ( The magazine gives insight into the world of social media for professionals, enthusiasts, and users alike. The inaugural issue, published in November 2010, features an exclusive first-hand account of the original Facebook road trip, a poignant look at dealing with death in the Internet age, and an interview with the lead researcher for a study examining Twitter’s impact on academia.

Read more about this on the Publishing alumni pages

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Finding the Candidate: Recruitment Processes in the Publishing Industry

Our new report on Recruitment processes in the Publishing industry, entitled Finding the Candidate, has been completed and is now available to download as a PDF. This report, commissioned by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, was undertaken by Pippa Smart, PSP Consulting. Thank you to everyone who gave up their time for face-to-face meetings and to complete the online survey.

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Publishing students receive awards from Stationers’ Foundation

A new postgraduate bursary scheme was launched by the Stationers’ Foundation in 2010, and students from the MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes received two out of the seven awards. Daniel Parker writes about his attendance at the awards evening:

‘I arrived at St Paul’s, a beautiful area of London under the shadow of the famous cathedral, around six-thirty in the evening. I was there to collect an award for the scholarship that I had received from the Stationers’ Foundation and to meet the members of the Worshipful Company of Stationers. The awards give master’s students on selected publishing and journalism courses a generous bursary and the chance to have a mentor to support them throughout their year of study. Oxford Brookes had two recipients of the award, Abigail Pukaniuk and myself. The evening was primarily intended to celebrate the arrival of the “freemen” into the company and so Abigail and I watched as six men and one woman took part in the initiation ceremony that symbolized their entrance into the guild. Then it was our turn to meet the Master of the Stationers’ Foundation.

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Frankfurt Book Fair, Handkäs mit Musik and Apfelwein

Publishing Master’s student Lydia Evers writes about the recent visit by her class to the 2010 Frankfurt Book Fair:

On Thursday, 7th of October, at 6.45am a group of 32 postgraduate students together with Beverley Tarquini, Angus Phillips, Mary Malin and Rosalyn Dobrzanski made their way to Heathrow Airport to take a plane to Frankfurt – city of Handkäs mit Musik, Apfelwein and the Frankfurt Book Fair. Being from Germany (only about an hour away from Frankfurt), travelling there with a group of international students from Oxford was an amazing and almost too strange to be true experience for me. (I forgot where I was and that I actually spoke the language...)

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