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Oxford Literary Festival Volunteer Co-ordinators

MA in Publishing students, Caroline Hamilton and Laura Peel, are the Volunteer Co-ordinators for The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival. The Festival, which launched its programme last night, is being held from the 10-17 April, and features nearly 200 events, including talks and readings by Doris Lessing, Alan Hollinghurst and Philip Pullman. More information is available from the Festival website ([url=http://www.sundaytimes-oxfordliteraryfestival.co.uk]http://www.sundaytimes-oxfordliteraryfestival.co.uk[/url]), along with details of how to become a volunteer steward for the Festival.

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British Council International Young Publisher of the Year

OICPS is involved in a number of events surrounding the International Young Publisher of the Year initiative. Ten young publishers from ten countries are competing for the title and the opportunity to develop their career through international dialogue and exchange. Ten of our current MA students, who have worked in publishing in a number of countries, will meet the candiadtes at an informal reception held prior to the London Book Fair and we hope that there will be further opportunities for our students to meet the candidates. Sue Pandit has also been invited to a lunch meeting between the candidates and senior members of the UK publishing industry and the Centre will also be represented at the presentation of the award at the Fair.

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Working in Publishing Day

On Wednesday 23 February we held our annual Working in Publishing Day for all our MA Publishing and final year undergraduate publishing students. Representatives from 18 publishing companies attended, ranging from Macmillan and HarperCollins to Oxfam and Berg Publishing. Students had the opportunity to question panels of alumni and recruitment consultants and to meet in small groups with a number of specific publishers. The day finished with an informal drinks reception for all. We are very grateful to the wonderful support that the publishing industry provides for this event. More Photos here

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Gurdeep Samra launches Desi Beats CD

The First Cut is a new CD issued by Gurdeep Samra, a first year publishing student from Bicester. Released on the 14th February 2005, The First Cut contains six Desi Beats tracks and can be sampled at gsamra.com.

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OPUS Annual Party

The Oxford Publishing Society (OPUS) held its annual party in January at Linnells' new offices in Botley. The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies is a member of OPUS and many of our staff and students chose to attend this important networking event.

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Norwegian Publishing Visitor

Eirin Hagen, Rights Manager at Cappelen, one of Norway's major publishers, is visiting the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies for two weeks from 14th to 25th February. During her visit Eirin will be giving lectures and leading seminars for the MA in Publishing, as well as conducting research and writing an article for the Norwegian Booksellers' Magazine. We hope that this visit will be the first in a series of Visiting Professional Associates at the Centre.

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Guest Speakers in Publishing

The Oxford International Centre for Publisihing Studies have a distinguished range of publishing industry experts coming to talk to their undergraduate and postgraduate students during this semester. These include representatives from: Transworld, Rough Guides, Heinemann, Felicity Bryan Literary Agency, Pearson Education, Thames & Hudson, OUP, Cavendish Publishing, Bloomsbury, Capellen Oslo, Milet Publishing, James Currey Publishing, Virago, Persephone Books, Book Data, Macmillan, Nelson Thorne, White Ladder Press and Logos. This list includes major international publishers, small independent publishers, literary agents and one of the leading publishing journals.

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Culture and the Literary Prize conference papers published

The Culture and the Literary Prize conference, which was hosted at Oxford Brookes in October 2003, now has a continuing online presence. The website has abstracts for all the papers delivered at this major international conference, along with the full text of selected papers. During the conference over thirty speakers met to interrogate the place of the literary prize in contemporary culture, to disseminate the findings of their own research into prizes as diverse as the Hawthornden, the Prix Fémina Vie Heureuse and the Ingeborg Bachmann, and to debate the issues that arise out of consideration of the function and impact of literary prizes. Papers explored the production, marketing and consumption of literature, and examined the dynamics of book awards in relation to the codification of cultural value, the formation of cosmopolitan reading communities and the construction of national and trans-national identities. Please see the website for more details.

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The Third International Conference on the Book

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies is delighted to announce that it will host the International Conference on the Book in 2005. The third conference follows on from the success of the two earlier conferences, held in Cairns, Australia (2003) and Beijing, China (2004). The conference, taking place from 11 to 13 September 2005, will address a range of critically important themes relating to the book. Further information is available here.

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Phaswane Mpe

We have recently heard of the sad death of one our prominent African alumni, Phaswane Mpe, who died suddenly in Johannesburg on Sunday, December 12 2004, at the age of 34. After studying African Literature and English at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, he obtained a Diploma in Advance Study in Publishing from Oxford Brookes in 1997, and then returned to South Africa where he taught publishing and lectured in African Literature at Wits for several years. He was well known as a novelist and creative writer, and his novel, Welcome To Our Hillbrow, was published in 2001. A great champion of South African writing and publishing, Phaswane will be sorely missed.

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