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Publishing students feature on HarperCollins blog

From this week, students on the MA Publishing programmes at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies will be featuring on the HarperCollins blog, Fifth Estate.

Students will be contributing regularly to the company's collective blog, which also features contributions from publishers, authors and HarperCollins CEO and Oxford Brookes honorary graduate Victoria Barnsley.  Students have been invited to contribute to the site by its creator and editor-in-chief, Kate Hyde, who is a senior editor at HarperCollins's Press Books.  She is also an alumni of Oxford Brookes Publishing programme.

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Police visit Publishing!

Today, the Publishing Department was visited by two police officers from Thames Valley Police.

The crime?

Trying to write a detective novel...

The two officers were invited to speak to students on the first year undergraduate module Authorship and Creative Writing.  Students in the class are set the assignment of writing the opening chapter of a crime novel, and then thinking about how to get their work published.

The two police officers told the students about procedure when answering 999 calls, entering a crime scene, finding dead bodies, detection and investigation and giving evidence in court, as well as painting a picture of the life of the police both on and off-duty.  Students asked questions relating to their writing projects, to help their work be as authentic as possible.

Other visiting speakers on the module include Carolyn Caughey, an editor who commissions crime writing at Hodder Headline publishers, and the crime novelist Veronica Stallwood, whose series of Kate Ivory books are set in Oxford.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 29 Mar 2007 around 12pm

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New Undergraduate Brochure

A new brochure for Undergraduate Publishing is available for download

The new brochure, can be downloaded from here. The PDF is approximately 150k in size and has colour illustrations.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 16 Mar 2007 around 12pm

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Working in Publishing Day

The 2007 Working in Publishing Day was an even greater success than last year’s. The biggest turn-out ever of publishers and alumni gathered at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies’ new home in the Buckley Building on Thursday, 8 March.

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Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09 Mar 2007 around 8pm

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Music lecturer wins research grant from the AHRC

Dr Paul Whitty, Senior Lecturer in Music, has been awarded £39,199 for Vauxhall Pleasure [2]: Interrogating the Sonic Archaeology of Vauxhall Cross Gyratory, London - former site of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.

This project will investigate the ephemeral and oneiric qualities of live performance and interrogate the relationship between political protest and entertainment, traffic and pedestrians, pollution, breathing and song via two practice based outputs: a composition and a film. VP[2] will extend the scope of the proto-discipline of Sonic Archaeology, examining and testing new methodologies with a view to enabling new modes of investigation in the development of site-specific art practice.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01 Mar 2007 around 4pm

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Another large award from the AHRC to Oxford Brookes historians

Professor Paul Weindling and Dr Marius Turda, both of the History Department and Centre for Health, Medicine and Society, have been awarded £403,232 (inclusive of two doctoral studentships) to do a detailed, Europe-wide study on the victims of Nazi medical experiments. Although coercive human experiments are among the most notorious features of Nazism, there is no overview as to their extent, or guide to the fragmented literature and sources. Estimates of the overall numbers of experiments vary greatly. Recent historical opinion that the number of victims was relatively few is contradicted by the unexpectedly high number of compensation claimants by victims of experiments over the past five years.

This project,  entitled 'Human Experiments under National Socialism: Victims, Perpetrators, and Post-war Trials', aims to provide a biographical analysis of the persons who were experimented on or otherwise abused for medical research in National Socialist Germany and in territories under German occupation 1938-45. The basic task is to identify how many victims and perpetrators there were, and develop biographical profiles, by comprehensive trawls through war crimes and Holocaust archives. The analysis will establish a structural history of the unethical experiments in terms of when and why they occurred. The outputs of the project will be a comprehensive database, a monograph on the perpetrators and victims of Nazi coerced experiments, and a biographical dictionary concerning the victims, and the reasons why they were experimented on or otherwise abused. Two PhD dissertations will examine records and the political policies shaping institutions for war crimes documentation in Central Europe, and the Soviet Union.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01 Mar 2007 around 4pm

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Publishing student commended for ‘ground-breaking’ work

Julian Littlewood, a graduate of the MA in Publishing at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, has been highly commended in the Sue Thomson Foundation Publishing Award.

For his Major Project, the culmination of the MA degree, Julian produced an edition of a piano piece by Benjamin Britten, All the Gods, along with an accompanying commentary by Christopher Wintle.  Julian's specialised work on 'Typsetting All the Gods' impressed the judges of the Award, who believed:


'this monograph... to be a ground-breaking case study of the author's work on the successful integration of words and music. The judges suspect that it is rare to find typographical skills of a high level combined with musicological expertise and they recommend the work to the attention of specialist music publishers.'

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Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 26 Feb 2007 around 10am

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Penguin Collector visits Brookes

Steve Hare, author of Penguin Portrait and an avid collector of Penguin books, visited the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies this week.

Hare talked about the history of Penguin books, the company's innovative and stylish branding and design, the business practices of the company and its founder Allen Lane.  He also brought a small selection of his collection for students to view, including some rare wartime editions.

Hare is a member of The Penguin Collectors' Society.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 23 Feb 2007 around 9am

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Mediterranean Flavours at the OPuS International Evening

Warm-hearted souls from the Oxford publishing community braved the snow and ice to attend the Oxford Publishing Society (OPuS) International evening on Thursady8th February.
More than 70 people enjoyed Mediterranean food and drink, Spanish flamenco musicians (including a dancer), and a speech celebrating  OPuS’ 10th anniversary. In addition, the close links between OPuS and Oxford Brookes’ Publishing department were highlighted, as almost every OPuS event is held at a Brookes venue, and undergraduates and postgraduate students make up a good proportion of those who attend, looking for information, inspiration - and entertainment.

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Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09 Feb 2007 around 4pm

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Publishing Visiting Speakers

Semester 2 sees a range of exciting visiting speakers lined up to speak at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.

Over the next few months, the Centre will be welcoming speakers from all sectors of the publishing industry - including trade fiction and non-fiction, academic, educational and magazines - to contribute to departmental teaching and related activities.  Among these speakers are:

  • Hannah Bullock (Green Futures Magazine) 
  • Catherine Clarke (Literary Agent)
  • Helen Fraser (Managing Director, Penguin)
  • Juliet Gardiner (Author)
  • Antonia Hodgson (Publishing Director, Little Brown)
  • Liz Marchant (Publishing Manager, Heinemann)
  • Lynette Owen (Copyright Director, Pearson Education)
  • Joel Rickett (Deputy Editor, The Bookseller)
  • Veronica Stallwood (Author)
  • Jenny Uglow (Author and Editor, Chatto & Windus)

For more information on any of these speakers or events, please do contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit our website.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07 Feb 2007 around 12pm

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