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Ghostwriting at the Oxford Literary Festival

On Friday 15 April, Claire Squires, Senior Lecturer in Publishing, will be chairing a panel at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival on the subject of Ghostwriting. Featuring on the panel are Andrew Crofts, ghostwriter of over forty books and author of a guide to the profession, /Ghostwriting/; Jennie Erdal, whose recent memoir /Ghosting/ details her fifteen-year role as amanuensis to 'Tiger', a high-profile literary figure; and Antonia Hodgson, editorial director at Time Warner, who has worked on several co-written celebrity projects. For more information on this and other events, please see the Festival website

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Professor of History wins major grant from the Wellcome Trust

Professor Steven King has been awarded a Project Grant of £166,595 over three years for his work on 'Sickness, Poverty and Medical Relief in England, 1750-1851'. The award will fund a research assistant (Ms Alison Stringer), travel expenses, equipment and, in due course, a replacement lecturer. The project will investigate how the Poor Law acted as a provider of medical relief, and the experiences of the sick poor as medical consumers, using the records of six English counties during the Old Poor Law period and the first decades of the New Poor Law. The work will highlight regional differences, the effects of the medical marketplace, the role played by institutions, as well as the definition of sickness amongst the poor. Professor King is Director of the Centre for Health, Medicine and Society: Past and Present, located within the History Department.

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European Master in Publishing at Leipzig and Paris

In March 2005 the ECMAP Programme was promoted to potential students for the first time at both the Leipzig and Paris Book Fairs. The Programme Coordinator, Kelvin Smith, met with staff from HTWK Leipzig and IUP Paris X Nanterre to discuss the next stages of development, and these will be taken forward at a full partner meeting in April. At the time of this meeting there will also be a colloquium on publishing education in Europe, hosted by the French partner at the IUP in St Cloud.

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Kitchen table to laptop: independent publishing in England

Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies worked with Arts Council England to prepare a report on the independent publishing sector in England. Professor Paul Richardson, who recently retired as Director of the Centre, wrote the report with John Hampson, Senior Literature Office at Arts Council England. Recent MA students Louisa Browne and Ilaria Parodi carried out the questionnaire research and Kelvin Smith provided a report on the situation in France. The complete report can be downloaded at the Arts Council Web Site.

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Publishing student Helen Moreno wins Major Award

Congratulations to Helen Moreno, MA in Publishing student, who has been selected for a Major Award 2005 from The Educational Charity of the Stationers' and Newspaper Makers' Company. The purpose of the award is to enable young people to pursue various projects that will develop their potential as future managers in the publishing industry. Helen will be presented with this at an Awards Ceremony at Stationers' Hall in London in May.

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Professor of French wins Research Leave Award

Professor SeĆ”n Hand of the Department of Modern Languages has been successful in the AHRB’s Research Leave Scheme. The award will allow him to complete a book on Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995), the Lithuanian-born French philosopher whose ethics engaged with both phenomenology and a specific Judaic heritage. The project will situate the full range of Levinas’ writings in their intellectual, political and aesthetic contexts, and demonstrate their influence on subsequent theorising, teaching and practice across a wide range of disciplines.

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Lightning Source and Book Supply

Selling and Printing Books on Demand was the title of a talk given on February 28th by David Taylor, Managing Director of Lightning Source UK Limited. Students and staff were given up-to-date information on the new business models being used by large and small publishers to harness the power of on-demand and short-run printing. We are pleased to welcome David as the newest member of our Industry Advisory Board and we look forward to further visits and collaborative ventures.

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Oxford Literary Festival Volunteer Co-ordinators

MA in Publishing students, Caroline Hamilton and Laura Peel, are the Volunteer Co-ordinators for The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival. The Festival, which launched its programme last night, is being held from the 10-17 April, and features nearly 200 events, including talks and readings by Doris Lessing, Alan Hollinghurst and Philip Pullman. More information is available from the Festival website ([url=][/url]), along with details of how to become a volunteer steward for the Festival.

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British Council International Young Publisher of the Year

OICPS is involved in a number of events surrounding the International Young Publisher of the Year initiative. Ten young publishers from ten countries are competing for the title and the opportunity to develop their career through international dialogue and exchange. Ten of our current MA students, who have worked in publishing in a number of countries, will meet the candiadtes at an informal reception held prior to the London Book Fair and we hope that there will be further opportunities for our students to meet the candidates. Sue Pandit has also been invited to a lunch meeting between the candidates and senior members of the UK publishing industry and the Centre will also be represented at the presentation of the award at the Fair.

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Working in Publishing Day

On Wednesday 23 February we held our annual Working in Publishing Day for all our MA Publishing and final year undergraduate publishing students. Representatives from 18 publishing companies attended, ranging from Macmillan and HarperCollins to Oxfam and Berg Publishing. Students had the opportunity to question panels of alumni and recruitment consultants and to meet in small groups with a number of specific publishers. The day finished with an informal drinks reception for all. We are very grateful to the wonderful support that the publishing industry provides for this event. More Photos here

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