Over 350 guests from book publishers and manufacturers gathered in the prestigious Nine Kings Suite at the London Lancaster Hotel on Thursday 29 October for the 2009 British Book Design and Production Awards. The Awards were introduced by BPIF Chief Executive Michael Johnson and presented by the comedian and broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli.
Helen Swain, a student on the master’s in publishing programme, writes about her six-month internship in Geneva in the publications department of the International Labour Office …
New project from the Sonic Art Research Unit to be featured in the Sound and Music Cutting Edge Series on November 19th 2009.
This project brings together two opposing sound-worlds; the hard-edged amplified sound of [rout]; and Okeanos’ distinctive and subtle interleaving of Japanese and Western timbres. The Sonic Art Research Unit at Oxford Brookes University instigated the project and invited eight composers with Japanese or British roots to develop new works through a series of laboratories and work-in-progress sessions. Importantly composers have had the opportunity to spend time exploring the unique timbral possibilities presented by the Sho, Koto, Shakuhachi and Shamisen as they combine with Live Electronics, Signal Processing, Computer Applications including MaxMSP and PureData, the amplified instruments of [rout], and the Western Classical instruments of Okeanos. So if you ever wondered how a sho sounded when played through a Phase Shifter and combined with amplified double-bass played through a PureData patch; or how a bass-clarinet and sho sound when played together in unison – you’re going to find out. The first performance of the project outputs is part of the Sound and Music Cutting Edge Series and will take place at The Warehouse, London, on November 19th 2009.
Jane Chapman performs works from the Sonic Art Research Unit project WIRED at the Sound and Music Cutting Edge Series on November 7th 2009. Paul Dibley's INV III is played in full whilst Paul Newland and Paul Whitty have developed new works for harpsichord, electronics, dancer, and film that will be premiered at the event.
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Composer Paul Whitty and visual artist Anna Best’s collaboration Vauxhall Pleasure draws upon past history, present condition and future plans of a location whilst exploring the relationship between political protest and entertainment, traffic and pedestrians, pollution, breathing and song. A multi-part protest piece originally developed as a site performance at Vauxhall Cross Gyratory, Vauxhall Pleasure has since been developed into a chamber ensemble performance, sound installation, and film that will take place in the historic Holywell Music Room as part of the OCM Autumn Series on November 7th.
Students graduating from the MA Interdisciplinary Arts Programme at Oxford Brookes University this year, will be presenting their work at The Mobile Edge Festival in the OVADA gallery in Gloucester Green, the Jacqueline du Pre Building at St Hilda’s College, and in locations around Oxford in October.
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On Tuesday 22nd September at 5pm, Howard Jacobson will give the inaugural Blackwell Creative Writing Lecture in association with the MA in Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes University.
Howard Jacobson will discuss, among other irreligious ideas, the writer as God, taking in along the way the book of Genesis, Anna Karenina, Ulysses and Howard Jacobson's own latest novel The Act of Love, recently reviewed by Nicholas Lezard in The Guardian.
The event itself will celebrate and promote the work of the MA students, followed by the Blackwell Creative Writing Lecture itself. This will be followed by a wine reception during which people will have a chance to obtain signed copies.
This event takes place at the Lloyd Lecture Theatre, Brookes University, Gipsy Lane, Headington, Oxford.
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A delegation from Sichuan Education Press visited the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies in August 2009 for a 3-day Publisher Training programme. The programme included guest speakers and industry visits, and concentrated on the Education sector. This programme follows a successful visit in 2007 by another delegation from the Sichuan Publishing Group.
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