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Brookes’ MA Creative Writing graduate in publication success

john vickers brookesJohn Vickers, recent graduate of the MA Creative Writing at Brookes, has had three poems accepted by the literary journal Under the Radar. They are entitled Pre-empting a world disaster, Motorway Orange and Caravan and the Curlews and are concerned with a psychiatric hospital, a police cell and a childhood holiday. These form part of a longer sequence of twenty-eight which the author hopes to possibly publish later. Their form and voice developed in some work that was critiqued during the his time at Oxford Brookes.

Under the Radar is the flagship magazine of Nine Arches Press based in the Midlands, who publish a range of quite exciting collections and hold regular literary events and workshops.

Dr Marius Turda interviewed by Sarah Rainey for a feature article on Nazi Bride Schools published in The Daily Telegraph

4.1.1Until recently, little was known about Nazi Bride Schools, where the Nazi ideology was instilled in women carefully selected to become partners of Adolf Hitler’s personal bodyguards, the Schutzstaffel (SS). A series of documents unearthed in Germany’s Federal Archive, based in Koblenz, shed light on these schools, their courses and role within the general transformation of German society during National Socialism.

Brookes Appoints Rising Star Novelist to its Creative Writing Team

nikita-lalwani-midshot2011The MA Creative Writing team at Oxford Brookes University has expanded its in-house expertise with the appointment of novelist Nikita Lalwani.

Lalwani was born in Rajasthan and raised in Cardiff. Her first novel Gifted is set in 1980s Cardiff where maths prodigy Rumi Vasi grows up with her Hindu parents, but leaves for Oxford at the age of 15. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2007, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, the novel also gained Nikita a nomination as Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. In June 2008 Nikita Lalwani won the Desmond Elliot Prize for New Fiction, which she donated to the human rights organisation Liberty.

Her second novel The Village was published in 2012 by Penguin and Random House. Set in a village modelled on a real-life open prison in India, The Village is a gripping story about manipulation and personal morality, about how truly frail our moral judgement can be. In May 2013 it was selected as one of eight novels for the Fiction Uncovered campaign for the best of British fiction. In 2013 Nikita was a judge for the book section of the Orwell Prize, Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing.

Head of English and Modern Languages, Dr Simon Kövesi, is delighted. ‘Nikita is a hugely talented novelist, and an experienced, gifted teacher of the art of writing. We are hugely proud to have her join Jim and Tobias on our creative writing team, and look forward to the new directions in which Nikita will help us develop writing at Brookes.’

Nikita Lalwani discusses her latest novel, The Village:

Oxford Brookes Reader in Early Modern Literature and Critical Theory awarded seal of approval for The Letters of Sarah Robinson Scott from Modern Language Association of the USA

pohl-nv2The Committee on Scholarly Editions of the Modern Language Association (MLA) of the USA, has awarded Nicole Pohl’s edition of The Letters of Sarah Robinson Scott (forthcoming, Pickering & Chatto/The Huntington Library Press) its seal, designating it an MLA Approved Edition.

This is a highly prestigious accolade awarded by one of the most influential bodies of literary and language scholarship in the English-speaking world. The seal is reserved only for scholarly editions of genuine and impactful significance. Sarah Robinson Scott (1721–1795) was a writer, translator and social reformer, and younger sister of Elizabeth Robinson Montagu (1718–1800), the famous Bluestocking patron. While Scott’s legacy presents her as a committed Anglican philanthropist, the letters she wrote to her sister reveal her to have been a witty, even savage, commentator on eighteenth-century life.

Sabine Chaouche, Reader in the Department of English and Modern Languages, to have new edition printed of her first publication

20130717_112610 2Dr Sabine Chaouche’s publisher Honoré Champion decided that her first monograph (publication of her PhD), L’Art du comédien, Déclamation et jeu scénique en France à l’âge classique 1629-1680 is to go a second edition (paperback).

This study examines the way in which actors performed in Paris in the c17 and how they were influenced by rules from the Ancient World (actio oratoria) which were theorized by Demosthenes, Cicero and later Quintilian.  This work received many excellent reviews. It was for instance described by Dr M. Hawcroft (the University of Oxford) as “a delightful, learned, solidly constructed and richly informed book, garanteed to heighten the pleasure of all those who read seventeenth-century plays”, whose author “has attempted what ought strictly to be impossible, namely to recreate for us something of the art of the seventeenth-century actor”. He concluded that it was “the best guide we have to how the plays we all know might actually have been performed in the seventeenth-century.”

The new edition will be out in September.

Sabine Chaouche, Reader in the Department of English and Modern Languages to have new edition printed of her first publication

Sabine Chaouche’s publisher Honoré Champion decided that her first monograph (publication of her PhD), L’Art du comédien, Déclamation et jeu scénique en France à l’âge classique 1629-1680 is to go a second edition (paperback). This study examines the way in which actors performed in Paris in the c17 and how they were influenced by rules from the Ancient World (actio oratoria) which were theorized by Demosthenes, Cicero and later Quintilian.  This work received many excellent reviews. It was for instance described by Dr M. Hawcroft (the University of Oxford) as “a delightful, learned, solidly constructed and richly informed book, garanteed to heighten the pleasure of all those who read seventeenth-century plays”, whose author “has attempted what ought strictly to be impossible, namely to recreate for us something of the art of the seventeenth-century actor”. He concluded that it was “the best guide we have to how the plays we all know might actually have been performed in the seventeenth-century.” The new edition will be out in September.

Dr Sabine Chaouche has been invited to participate in the Shakespeare and the Costume exhibition in 2014 at the Centre National du Costume de Scène

20130717_112158 (1) 3Dr Sabine Chaouche has been invited to participate in the Shakespeare and the Costume exhibition organized by Drs Anne Verdier and Catherine Treilhou Balaudé.

The 2014 exhibition will be held at the Centre National du Costume de Scène (Theatrical Costumes National Centre, France www.cncs.fr) which is the most important institution in Europe on costumes (its collections include 9,000 theatrical, operatic and dance costumes, as well as sets). Exhibitions such as Noureev, Costume and Power, Backstage, Christian Lacroix and Ballets were organized in the past years. The forthcoming exhibition will focus on the adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays and the British influence in France from the c18 to the contemporary period. Dr Chaouche will provide a comparative article for the catalogue on c18 and c19 Shakespearian costumes in England and France.

GDL Scholarship Award

Rachel Sullivan

Rachel Sullivan

The School of Law is delighted to announce that the recipient of the 2013-14 Graduate Diploma in Law Scholarship is Rachel Sullivan. The award was made following an essay competition focusing on the topic “changes to public funding are compromising access to justice”.

Rachel will receive £5000 towards her fees for the upcoming year. On behalf of Oxford Brookes University we want to congratulate Rachel on this award and we look forward to seeing her and all of our other students in the new academic year.

Oxford Brookes Lecturer in 19th Century Literature researches literary and artistic responses of women ambulance drivers to their experiences in the Great War

Roe_D_p0076446Dr Dinah Roe has recently visited the archives of the Edinburgh College of Surgeons Library to research her next project on the literary and artistic responses of women ambulance drivers to their experiences in the Great War. She also travelled to Milngavie in Scotland to interview a descendent of WW1 painter and ambulance driver, Olive Mudie-Cook, whose work recently featured in an Imperial War Museum Exhibition, Women War Artists.

 

Professor Tina Miller publishes paper on father’s involvment in parental leave

Tina MillerProfessor Tina Miller has been invited to write a piece for Juncture the journal for the The Institute for Public Policy Research. The piece is on policy and parental leave (Volume 19, Issue 4).

It has just been published online and is available as hard copy.

Professor Barrie Axford to give keynote address about the digital revolution and global society

Axford_B_p0054569Professor Barrie Axford has been invited to give a keynote address at the Institute for Humanities and Social Science Research (IHSSR) at Manchester Metropolitan University. He will give the 3rd lecture in a series devoted to  ‘Making Global Society’ and will talk on the theme ‘The digital revolution and the making of global society: limits and possibilities’. The lecture will take place on 18 November 2013.