Alexandra Pringle, Group Editor-in-Chief of Bloomsbury, has very kindly agreed to be a CAMPUS patron. She knows Cambridge and ARU well: her degree was from ARU's predecessor, Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology. She was also awarded ARU's honorary Doctor of Letters in 2009.
Alexandra began her career in publishing as Editorial Assistant at the art magazine, Art Monthly. She then joined Virago Press in 1978 where she edited the Virago Modern Classics series. In 1984 she was made Editorial Director, later becoming part of the management team to steer Virago through their management buy-out from Cape, Chatto & Bodley Head. In 1990 she joined Hamish Hamilton as Editorial Director and four years later left publishing to become a literary agent. She joined Bloomsbury in 1999. Her list of authors includes Donna Tartt, Barbara Trapido, Richard Ford, Esther Freud, William Boyd, Ann Patchett, Colum McCann, Patti Smith and Elizabeth Gilbert. She is a Patron of Index on Censorship.
We are delighted and grateful to welcome one of 'the most influential people in publishing' (The Guardian 24/9/2011) to be on our side.
The award of this (first!) year's CUP scholarship has gone jointly to Juliet Binns and Julia Young. The competition asked all the students to submit links to their blog – every student has to keep one of these this year – to Samantha Rayner and the ARU Publishing team. Juliet and Julia's blogs were judged to be so good that Sam and colleagues decided to split the £1200 scholarship between the two best.
Hopefully this competition this will help all the students with employability and marketing. The publishing industry are increasingly using 'windows' like this to recruit from, plus blogging provides valuable insights into writing and the publishing process itself. Many thanks for CUP for their kind sponsorship.
Samantha Rayner (having hobnobbed yesterday, our spies tell us, with Richard and Judy) writes:
Anglia Ruskin's Department of English, Communication, Film and Media is running a further two of their popular media-related skills courses. Places are limited, so book your place or find out more by clicking on the links below!
At a committee meeting in July we discussed the idea of getting some 'patrons' to help raise the profile of the society and build our contacts within the industry and academia. I am delighted to say that we have had two agreements so far: Professor David McKitterick is Librarian at Trinity College and eminent author in the field of publishing studies and the history of the book.
Professor Iain Stevenson runs the MA in Publishing course at University College London and has worked in the industry for many years. Some of us will have heard him speak to the society in 2010, and will have read his fascinating book Book Makers: British Publishing in the Twentieth Century.
We are very grateful to them for their generous-spirited offers of input and support and look forward to meeting them.
We have yet to hear from some people we have contacted, and are still looking to add to their number, so please let me have your ideas.
4th July 2011: The MA in Publishing students from Anglia Ruskin University put together a showcase featuring their work over the last academic year. The students wowed CAMPUS members, friends and family with presentations on work placements at Bloomsbury, talk from this year's London Book Fair and anecdotes from one student who has launched their own publishing company. Some of the students' work was also displayed for guests to view after the presentation, which included portfolios from this year's production module and a copy of the Folk Museum guide-book – a group of the students had worked with the Folk Museum in developing this book to celebrate the Folk Museum's 75th anniversary.
The showcase was a great success and gave the Cambridge publishing industry a chance to meet the MA in Publishing class of 2010/2011.
The MA showcase was dedicated to the memory of Quinton Dippenaar.
The second biggest surprise of the evening of Friday 26th August was the non-cancellation – after all the heavy rain I was surprised to arrive at the lush Press ground to find not only some 40 hardy souls but also the crack (all-male) CUP team going through some impressive and athletic warm-up drills. Those of us who last played —— [redacted by Editor to protect those of a nervous disposition] years ago were, to be frank, a tad intimidated.
Getting a quick run-through of the rules was the nearest I thought I would get to quick running all evening, so it was with some sheepishness that I took my place at the back of the line of those waiting to bat, so I could see how it should be done. Rather well, was immediately evident – the ball started to ping fairly rapidly to the farther stretches of the field. With the sharp stealing of bases (is that the right jargon?) and canny alertness to some CUP fielding slips we were soon running our rounders with aplomb. When we ran in the first complete rounder nervousness had turned to pleasure to exhilaration. At the close of our innings we were apparently 23-and-a-half – it seemed like a very good effort to me, and we all felt pretty chuffed.
So what about the CUP reply? Some fine CAMPUS catching in the outfield soon dispatched some of their most dangerous hitters, and fine work at all the bases ran a few of them out too. Rob Sykes at longstop (jargon?) was in fine form and caught a brilliant catch with what seemed to be a mixture of elbows and groin. When the CUP innings came to a close we had no idea what their score was but we were delighted that we had at least given them a good game.
So when their umpire walked towards us with a rather serious expression on his face to say that we had, by one rounder, won we were all – I am not exaggerating – thrilled. This picture, taken a few seconds later, tells the story:
In high spirits we headed off to the Sir Geoffrey Cass Pavilion for some well-earned pints and delicious barbecued sausages in the excellent company of our CAMPUS colleagues and friendly CUP hosts. And so it was that we enjoyed the endorphins and exhilaration of our team effort until long after night fell.
Many thanks to Emma and Nigel for ideas and for making it all happen; we are very grateful too to CUP for hosting and for being such good sports. Repeat fixture next summer, anyone?
(You can see more photos in the Rounders folder here.)
Posted by Emma Longden, Wednesday, 24th August 2011 @ 7:47pm
Friday night is rounders night!
Thanks to everybody who replied to our invitation to the CAMPUS/CUP rounders event this Friday. We have plenty of enthusiastic players from both sides to ensure an exciting game and look forward to seeing everyone there. For those of you not disappearing off for the bank holiday weekend and still looking for something fun to do on Friday night, we still have spaces available. Please do come along and join us. Players and non-players, children, families and friends - all welcome.
My current copy of the Arts Picturehouse programme gave me a shock - the back page revealed this:
The CAMPUS logo, in this position, seems - a little scarily - rather more of a dominant brand than ARU or the Cambridge School of Art. Many thanks to the designer and, indeed, ARU for giving us some excellent promotion.
Could the attached two opportunities be posted on the website? We have a fully funded PhD studentship up for grabs, as well as an AHRC studentship to do the MA in Publishing … see attached. Both too good in the current climate not to shout about! Let anyone know you think might be interested!
Bloomsday brought a whiff of the Liffey to the Cam via the Left Bank of the Seine. In the leafy and stylish surrounds of Lucy Cavendish College, a full house of some 50 people were treated to James Woodall's fascinating account of the publishing history of James Joyce's Ulysses. Originally considered unpublishable in both the UK and the US on the grounds of its purported obscenity, James told us the wonderful story of how Sylvia Beach, owner of the English-language bookshop Shakespeare & Co. in the shadow of Nôtre Dame in Paris, took on the heroic task of publishing Joyce's (and the twentieth century's?) supreme masterpiece. Along the way we heard about the 13 drafts of some of the most controversial passages, and the hardened publishing professionals among us gasped at the sight of a page of corrected proofs that left hardly any of the original untouched - apparently Joyce's unstoppable creative energy at page proof grew the book an extra third.
The second compelling part of James's story concerned the reopening of the shop after the Second World War: George Whitman, an ex-G.I., stranded and footloose, started a new bookshop on the site, both buying the earlier trading name and indeed borrowing the first name of the foundress for his baby daughter in 1981 (when George was 70). During the 1950s and 1960s the shop became an essential stopover and doss-house for Beat poets and others looking to get in touch with their inner existentialist. And so it was that in 1978 a fresh-faced young English lad, on fire with a passion for Joyce's masterpiece, arrived and demanded to see a first edition. The Powerpoint slide at this point revealed - to a thoroughly charmed audience - James's Portrait of the Man as a Young Artist (i.e. himself aged 18, see below). James later played an interview of him talking to Sylvia Whitman, now 29 and running the company profitably and efficiently, but still very much in the tradition of Sylvia Beach's inspired and creative generosity of some 90 years ago. James winningly confessed his admiration for the charms of the young Sylvia, but the feeling we all took away with us is of James's enduring and life-quickening passion for one of the twentieth century's greatest novels.
A fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable evening. Many thanks to James, to everyone who helped organize it, and to Creative Front for their generous sponsorship.