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Publishing students visit Hobbs the Printers

MA student Aleksandra Wolenska writes about a recent visit by her class to Hobbs the Printers:

On a sunny Thursday morning, fourteen MA Publishing students from Oxford Brookes gathered outside the Sports Centre at Headington Campus. We then set off in a minibus, driven by our lecturer Adrian Bullock, to visit Hobbs the Printers in Totton near Southampton – we were excited to be going to see a place where words turn into a printed book. We were given a warm welcome by Brian Jeff and Colin Richardson, and once divided into two groups, the tour began. ...

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Publishing Alumni Reunion Drinks

On the evening of 15th September 2010, the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies was delighted to host Alumni Reunion Drinks in Headington Hill Hall. 40 of our alumni and staff attended the event, which also featured a talk on the benefits of coaching and mentoring from Carmelina Lawton-Smith, Senior Lecturer in Training and Development.

Our next Alumni Reunion event will take place at the London Book Fair, April 2011. To keep up to date with our network and news, please join the Alumni group on LinkedIn.

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Alexandra Wilson presents Bizet opera on Radio 3

Senior Lecturer in Musicology Alexandra Wilson presents Bizet's opera Les Pecheurs de perles on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 30 October at 6pm. Les Pecheurs de perles tells the story of a rivalry between two men for the love of the same woman, but it is also an opera about friendship, celebrated in one of the most famous of all operatic duets. This production, from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, is conducted by Antonio Pappano and features soprano Nicole Cabell, baritone Gerald Finley and tenor John Osborn. Further details can be found on the Radio 3 website:

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British Book Design and Production Awards 2010

The British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) Oxford Brookes University and The Publishers Association have announced the winners of the British Book Design and Production Awards 2010. The awards were celebrated at a glittering gala evening, held at The Lancaster London Hotel on 5th October, with the great and the good of the publishing industry, including a celebrity or two, in attendance.

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Training in Urban Photography

From 2nd-14th August 2010, Dr Christina Horvath attended a Summer School in Urban Photography, offered by Goldsmith College in London. This highly intensive two week-course developed in collaboration between Urban Encounters and the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR), provided participants with practical and theoretical training in key aspects of urban photographic practice. Designed for artists and researchers who address notions of urban space and culture, the program explored how the practice of making urban images might inform the development of a reflexive and critical research perspective. The course was particularly relevant to the research and teaching of Dr Horvath who currently works on representations of Paris in contemporary French literature and cinema and offers modules on urban narratives. Funded by the Stuff Development Fund, this training opportunity enabled Dr Horvath to establish a link between her scholarly research in the field of urban theory and her photographic practice and helped her develop new inventive research methods with a strong orientation towards the cultural and the visual. Her pictures were shown at Goldsmith College along with other participants’ photographic work in an exhibition inaugurated on the 14th August 2010. 

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New members of Industry Advisory Board

New members of Industry Advisory Board

We are delighted to welcome six new members to our Advisory Board at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (OICPS) at Oxford Brookes. They are Mary Cannam, Commercial Director at Faber & Faber;  Jacob Pienaar, Managing Director at Pearson Heinemann; Nigel Roby, Managing Director and owner of The Bookseller; Ian Russell, Chief Executive of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP); Rebecca Smart, Managing Director of the Osprey Group; and David Taylor, Group Managing Director of Lightning Source UK.


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Philip Pullman and Colin Dexter launch Oxford bid to become UNESCO World Book Capital

Oxford has formally launched a bid to become UNESCO World Book Capital in 2014. Since 2001 UNESCO has nominated a World Book Capital City to acknowledge the best year-long programme proposed by a city to promote books and foster reading. Successful programmes involve cooperation with local, national and international professional organizations representing writers, publishers, booksellers and librarians as well as communities and groups which encourage and promote reading. Oxford and its surrounding county of Oxfordshire have unparalleled resources and world renowned publishing and bookselling enterprises in place to support a programme of this kind, and there are probably more major, culturally diverse, authors based in or around Oxford than in any comparable city in the world.

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Blog to the Future?

A variety of current developments are creating questions over present models of publishing and scholarly communication. Will new journals continue to be launched? Will open access developments such as subject or institutional repositories reach a tipping point at which libraries will start to cancel journal subscriptions? Is the journal article too static a mechanism, by comparison to the ways in which scholars are able to interact using blogs and wikis? Steadily emerging is a new future for the journal as part of an overall network of knowledge creation and scholarly communication.

Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes, has published an article entitled ‘Blog to the Future?’, about the future of journals publishing, in the October 2010 issue of the Journal of Scholarly Publishing.

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PMT walk the Thames

Jonathan Davis and Gareth Watkins (MA Publishing 2008-09) write about their charity walk along the Thames in the summer of 2010.

On 17 July 2010, four members of publishing Men Together (PMT) - established on a crisp autumnal induction day at Oxford Brookes in 2007 - set off on a 100-mile, 7-day walk along the Thames Path. Journeying from London to Oxford, they raised money for and awareness of Booktrust UK ( and their programmes to support literacy at all levels of development. It also helped that their charitable activities are vaguely publishing-related, as there’s nothing better than helping support the readers of the future! As publishers we all believe in the importance of higher levels of literacy: not just to sell books, but because it is a lifelong skill that some children (and adults) never get to experience fully.

Further details on our Alumni page

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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 ( 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:

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