Leon Terner, who studied on the MA Publishing in 2009, writes about the new publishing venture he has started with two classmates:
For my major project on the MA Publishing, I chose to found a small Indie press and publish an anthology of European creative writing. Contacting Creative Writing MAs and other artistic forums around Europe, I then solicited creative works of nearly any kind, as long as it was somehow connected to Europe. My mission statement, if I can call it that, was - and is still - to give everyone an equal opportunity to be published, given that creative zeal and literary brilliance were evidenced. Both previously undiscovered authors and well-established ones were welcome to submit their work, and before long I had received tons of great short stories and poems.
To cut a long story short, in August of 2009, Lion Lounge Press, as I dubbed my publishing venture, published its very first book, The Lounge Companion: A Collection of European Creative Writing.
Read more about Leon Turner's description of his venture in The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies alumni section.
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MA Publishing student Rosanne Dawkins writes about the visit by 35 students to the Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2009. Accompanying the piece are two photos taken at the Fair by fellow students Juliette Boulouis and Brianna Corbett.
Wide eyed and full of questions, a group of travel-wearied Masters students embarked on what was to be their first true taste of the cut and thrust business world of publishing.
The Frankfurt Buchmesse is one of the most important dates in a publisher’s calendar with more than 7,300 exhibitors from 100 countries, 299,000 visitors and over 10,000 journalists. It not only offered us a unique insight into the practical usage of publishing skills but also the opportunity to talk to those in the industry.
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The Emirates Publishers Association (EPA), in cooperation with the Sharjah Department of Culture and Information and SIBF, and in coordination with the UK Publishers Association and Oxford Brookes University, yesterday launched a free training workshop for EPA members at the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The 5-day workshop, which will run until Tuesday 10 November, coincides with the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), and aims to increase the experience and skills of the UAE’s publishers to help them better cope with global industry trends. For more information download the PDF Press release below.
Enhance your knowledge of journals publishing, and gain a professional qualification recognised by ALPSP from Oxford Brookes University.
The Certificate offers delegates the opportunity to gain a good 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.
Join us in advance of the 2010 London Book Fair for a 5-day International Publisher Training Programme from 12-16 April 2010.
This professional publishing training programme is aimed at international publishers and managers working across all sectors and from all regions of the world. The programme will be run by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, Oxford Brookes University, in association with the Publishers Association and the British Council, and will have a strong focus on digital developments across the field. For more information and to apply download the following PDF.
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.