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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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Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture

Kelvin Smith has guest-edited with Miha Kovac of the University of Ljubljana a volume of Javnost - The Public: Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture. The issue, 'Book Publishing in Europe', includes articles by Claire Squires and Fiona Sampson, also of Oxford Brookes, as well as contributors from Croatia, Finland and Slovenia. Topics covered include governmental support for publishing in Europe, trends in European book production and consumption, literary prizes, patterns of book pricing in Europe, the challenge to books and culture in Europe, publishing poetry in translation in the UK, and the Croatian book publishing market. The volume (XI: 4), was published in December 2004. See [url=http://www.euricom.si]http://www.euricom.si[/url] for more details.

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Building a Publishing Career in Europe

‘Building a Publishing Career in Europe’ was the topic of the Publishing Seminar this week. Participants on the panel were publishing educators from around Europe: Ernst-Peter Biesalski from Leipzig, Germany, Michel Bruillon from Paris, France, Miha Kovac from Ljubljana, Slovenia, and our own Sue Pandit. The panel, chaired by Kelvin Smith, compared the similarities and differences in European university publishing courses.

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Winners of the British Book Design and Production Awards 2004

The British Book Design and Production Awards 2004, jointly sponsored by Oxford Brookes University Publishing Department, the Publishers Association, and the British Printing Industries Federation were awarded at the dinner on Tuesday 9th December. The judges Barbara Smith, Ron Costley and Mick Read included among the winners members BAS Printers, RPM Print & Design and H Charlesworth & Co. Past President Peter Yates presented the Baird Group Award for best book in 'Education Tertiary' to Alden group. Overall 'Book of the Year' was entered by publisher Thames and Hudson - 'David Bailey : Locations - The 1970s Archive'

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Reading Africa Conference attracts participants from throughout Africa and the UK

Over 50 writers, translators, publishers and librarians from twelve countries in Africa and from throughout the UK met at Headington Hill Hall on Saturday 30th October. With sessions focusing on different aspects of the development of readership for African literature, the meeting was organised by SABDET (Southern African Book Development Education Trust) and OICPS (Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies) as part of the Reading Africa programme.

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Publishing Training in Russia

Adrian Bullock has just returned from 11 days in Russia working for the British Council's Tempus-Tacis Project: Building Training Infrastructures for the Russian Book Industry. Adrian's brief was to design and facilitate a series of workshops in Samara, Yekaterinburg, and St Petersburg, whose purpose was to introduce participants to a teaching methodology suitable for adults undergoing professional training.

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Oxford Centre for Publishing Consultancy and Research

Launched in October 2004, this new Centre provides a focus for the consultancy, research and training activities carried out by the Publishing department at Oxford Brookes University. The Oxford Centre for Publishing Consultancy and Research provides a wide range of services to the publishing industry and other organizations throughout the world.

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Brookes contribution to Oxford-Princeton partnership

Professor Valerie Worth (Modern Languages) is giving a paper on "Marie de Gournay the Female Translator" in the session on "Women Writers and the Public" (Merton College, Oxford University, 2.15-4.15 Saturday 30 October 2004) in the conference "Women and the Book" organised by the Universities of Oxford and Princeton. She contributed to the recent critical edition of the works of this famous Renaissance woman writer, published by Honoré Champion (2002). In this paper she will be exploring Marie de Gournay's unusually assertive relationship with her (male) Parisian publishers.

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European MA in Publishing

On 8th October at the Frankfurt Book Fair, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and Angus Phillips met with partners to put in motion the development of a new European MA in Publishing with partners in France, Germany and Slovenia . Under the project name of ECMAP (European Curriculum for Masters in Publishing) this joint programme has been granted €165,756 over the next three years by Socrates Erasmus from the curriculum development fund. The four partners with Oxford Brookes University are the University of Ljubljana, l'Université Paris X-Nanterre - I.U.P Métiers des Arts et de la Culture, and HTWK Leipzig. The full joint masters degree is expected to recruit students from 2006. There is a lot of work to do and the next planning meeting will take place at Oxford Brookes in late November.

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Raphael Exhibition Opens!

On Tuesday 19 October the Arts ministers of Italy and the United Kingdom will open the exhibition of Raphael: from Urbino to Rome at the National Gallery, London (until 16 January). This exhibition has been curated by Tom Henry (History of Art), and was previewed in recent days in the Times (‘Raphael Rocks’), Telegraph (‘There’s never been a Raphael show like it’), Evening Standard, Channel 4 News and BBC News at Ten. On Friday 16 October it was the subject of a Newsnight Late Review Special (‘Is this the greatest exhibition we’ll ever see?’), and a Channel 5 review follows on 3 November. Tom is also interviewed in a BBC1 docudrama (Raphael – A Mortal God) which will be screened on 31 October at 17:45. Enjoy!

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