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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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Brookes Music lecturer presents Proms on Radio 3

This summer Senior Lecturer in Musicology Dr Alexandra Wilson will present two Proms live from the Royal Albert Hall on BBC Radio 3. She will present the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Prom on Monday 4 August (a concert featuring works by Bach, Rachmaninov and Ethel Smyth) and the Ulster Orchestra Prom on Thursday 7th August (featuring music by Ferguson, Stanford, Smetana and Dvorak). Alexandra Wilson's other presenting work for Radio 3 has included Building a Library, Opera on 3 and the Breakfast show. She will also take part in a live pre-Prom discussion about Puccini's opera "Il tabarro" on 11 August, to be broadcast during the interval of that night's Prom.

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Dr Gail Marshall Secures Prestigious Fellowship in Washington DC

Oxford Brookes University’s Head of English Studies, Dr Gail Marshall has successfully secured a one-month fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC in order to carry out work on Ellen Terry, for a major essay on the actress in a volume in the new Continuum series, Great Shakespeareans.  Series editors are Peter Holland and Adrian Poole.

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Book Launch - ‘Inside Book Publishing’

Routledge and the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies held a reception on Monday 14 July 2008 to celebrate the publication of the fourth edition of Inside Book Publishing by Giles Clark and Angus Phillips. The reception was held at Headington Hill Hall, Oxford Brookes University. Many publishing professionals attended, together with Oxford Brookes alumni and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janet Beer.

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Dr Tom Betteridge Secures Award to Restage The Play of the Weather at Hampton Court

Oxford Brookes English Department Reader Dr Tom Betteridge has secured a prestigious Arts and Humanities Research Council Grant for a project examining the Court Drama of the Reign of Henry VIII.  The project includes restaging John Heywood’s the Play of the Weather at Hampton Court Palace in 2009.

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Brookes Modern Languages Initiative expected to feed into international collaboration

A one-day interdisciplinary workshop took place at Brookes on 12th June 2008 entitled ‘Urban Spaces: Cultural Dynamics in the modern Metropolis'. Organised by Dr Christina Horvath and Dr Dervila Cooke (French), the event was funded by the Institute of Historical and Cultural Research and the British Academy. The overarching aim of the initiative was to promote progressive urban research across disciplines in the urban arena. The workshop attracted researchers from Belgium, France, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Finland and various institutions across UK.

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Philip Pullman to be Creative Writing Fellow for MA in Creative Writing

Philip Pullman has agreed to be one of the new Fellows for Oxford Brookes' forthcoming MA in Creative Writing, and will be launching the course in September.

The new and exciting MA will bring opportunities for writers to develop their work across a wide range of genres, including screen writing.

Teaching on the course will be novelist James Hawes (A White Merc with Fins , Rancid Aluminium and most recently Speak for England) and poet Jane Yeh (Marabou and Teen Spies), as well as other Creative Writing Fellows who will be announced shortly.

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British Book Design and Production Awards 2008

Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University is busy dealing with a steady stream of entries for this year’s British Book Design and Production Awards which were launched in April at the London International Book Fair. Entries are already up on this time last year, and signs are that this year will be a bumper one.

 Deadline for entries is Friday 27 June, and the winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner on 12 November at the Marriott Hotel in London.

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