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Project B: sebilj - Art & Architecture community project

Project B: Sebilj  Project: Well Being

This article written by Helen Bonar, Arts & Humanities Manager for Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, references the recent initiative led by artists Françoise Dupré (Birmingham City University) and Dr Myfanwy Johns (Oxford Brookes) in collaboration with architect Sabina Fazlic.  Project B is a Birmingham-based trans-national collaborative public art community project referencing the functionality of ornament and its transformative quality on architectural space.

More than a simple public art project with exquisite artistic outcomes, the article focuses on the ways in which individual and collective ‘well being’ has been affected as a result of engagement and participation. The therapeutic and social benefits of art and creativity are key elements of discussion within the text, celebrating and communicating the value of surprising and unplanned outcomes often inherent within arts projects of this nature.

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History lecturer appointed as a Fellow to the ASKe Centre

Dr Alysa Levene (History) has been appointed as a Fellow to the ASKe Centre, Oxford Brookes University's Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

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Reinvention Centre Academic Fellowship awarded to Dr Anne-Marie Kilday

Dr Anne-Marie Kilday, Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning in the School of Arts and Humanities has recently been awarded a two-year Academic Fellowship from the Reinvention Centre worth £10,000.

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Publishing students contribute to Richard Charkin’s Blog Book

Students from the MA in Publishing at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies have helped in the publication of Richard Charkin's blog in book form. Chark Blog was written while Richard Charkin was CEO of Macmillan, and ended in September 2007 when he left to lead Bloomsbury. But digital has turned to print (on demand), and the book was launched in September 2008. A team of students (Mary Berry, Nayumi Furuta, Rhianna Jones, Holly Vitow, Amy Wigelsworth and Shell Xu) indexed the book, and Caitlyn Miller, who led the indexing team, also worked with Macmillan to prepare the book for publication.

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Creative Writing Fellow Patience Agbabi contributes to The Guardian pamphlets

This Saturday (20th September), the Guardian starts a week-long series of pamphlets on Creative Writing. Patience Agbabi, newly appointed Creative Writing Fellow for the new MA at Oxford Brookes, has written the Poetry issue in this series, which will be featured in Sunday's Observer. Patience, who recently attended the launch of the new MA in Creative Writing, is author of Bloodshot Monochrome (2008) and Transformatrix (2000).

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Times of India profiles Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies

In August 2008 The Times of India published an article on the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies and its degree programmes. The profile included interviews with students and alumni from India from both the BA and MA publishing degrees.  Ankit Vij, studying BA Publishing, said: 'Apart from the fact that Oxford is a lovely place to live in, OICPS would be my first and only recommendation to students looking for publishing programmes because of the course structure and the teaching standards.' Deepthi Talwar, a graduate of the MA in Publishing, commented: 'The publishing industry in India has grown at an incredible pace in the last couple of years. ... at  OICPS, I was given exposure to an industry that had already seen that growth many years back. So, one can learn a lot from their marketing, commissioning and production strategies.'

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Publication of essay by Craig Richardson during Woy Hoy Cheong Exhibition

Craig Richardson's essay 'Pale Rider' on Wong Hoy Cheong's practice includes a detailed study of Hoy Cheong's residency at Pitt Rivers Museum as the 2004 Oxford Brookes Pitt Rivers Museum Fellowship.

The essay is included in "Shifts : Wong Hoy Cheong 2002 - 2007", published on the occasion of the exhibition Bound For Glory: Wong Hoy
organised by NUS Museum (National University of Singapore) with catalogue co-publisher GALERI PETRONAS (Malaysia).

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Simon Kovesi on BBC Radio 4 - ‘The Lament of Swordy Well’

Dr Simon Kovesi will be discusing the poem 'The Lament of Swordy Well' with presenter and prize-winning poet Paul Farley in a programme airing on Sunday 7th September at 4.30pm on BBC Radio 4. 

Swordy Well is a heath in rural Northamptonshire that was given the power of speech in John Clare's landmark eco-poem, The Lament Of Swordy Well. Poet Paul Farley finds out what's become of Swordy Well, uncovering an extraordinary history in the process, and meets a cavalcade of characters who have passed through this microcosm of rural England.

"My name will quickly be the whole that's left of Swordy Well," wrote John Clare in the 1830s, before he was committed to the asylum, in one of his most moving and proto-ecological poems. Through Clare, the genius loci of place gained a voice but, over the years, Swordy Well has almost lost it, and its name, too.

The site – now Swaddywell – is presently one of scientific interest and has been preserved for its wildlife and habitat. However, following Clare's time, and his catalogue of the area's neglect and abuse following enclosure, it has been used as a racetrack for stock cars, a site for illegal raves and parties and a fly-tipping eyesore.

Paul, who has edited John Clare's poems, goes back to the original location and takes the poem back to its source, meeting writers, conservationists and ravers, who remember partying in Swordy Well, and wondering how would it speak now nearly two centuries after enclosure.

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Greek Publishing Industry

Greek publishing industry

Together with Christina Banou from the Ionian University in Greece, Angus Phillips has published a paper in Publishing Research Quarterly on the Greek publishing industry. The paper provides an overview of the publishing industry in Greece and suggests areas for further investigation. Topics covered include the structure of the industry and notable features of the book market, including the profile of publishers, the role of information technology, and national book policy.

The Greek market for books is small and as a consequence less attractive to international publishing groups. In 2006 around 9,200 new titles were published, of which over 40 per cent were translated titles. There were 730 publishing houses, mostly small and medium-sized companies, and many publishers remain family-owned enterprises. There are fixed prices for books in the first two years after publication, and there are around 2,000 bookshops in Greece.

Christina Banou and Angus Phillips, ‘The Greek Publishing Industry and Professional Development’, Publishing Research Quarterly, 24:2, June 2008.

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Tom Betteridge contributes to Radio 4 programme ‘Forbidden Families’

Tom Betteridge will be taking part in part 2 of the BBC Radio 4 series 'Forbidden Families' on Wednesday 13th August.

The series, presented by Bettany Hughes, tells the stories of women denied their families by the march of history, this week particularly focussing on how Tudor housewife Anne Askew's conversion to Protestantism tore her family apart.

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