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The Typographic Hub

The Typographic Hub has just been launched as a new initiative by UKType and Birmingham Institute of Art & Design to promote the history, theory and practice of typographic design. If you’re a typographic geek like myself, or just somebody with a passing interest then the website is well worth a browse. The Typographic Hub […]

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Faulks on Fiction

A new BBC series, Faulks on Fiction (based on Faulks’ book, available from the BBC website), starts this Saturday (5th February) at 9pm on BBC2. Sebastian Faulks will be looking at the heroes of the British novel in early works such as Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and the snobs of British literature in Fleming’s James Bond. […]

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Six pinking shears…

OCA Creative Writing Course Leader Jane Rogers’ latest play ‘Red Enters the Eye’ is to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 this Friday afternoon. Julie is off to Nigeria and rather nervous. Listen to the opening scene here Full listing details are on the Radio 4 website here Image by kayaker1204 on flickr

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Blogs: reflecting, learning and taking it further

Not so much a blog of the week (or even a thought for the day) but a moment to address one of the most frequently asked questions raised by new students to the OCA: ‘What do you mean reflective? It says I should be reflective in my learning log, how do I know if am […]

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World book night

In case you’ve missed all the press coverage on this event, here’s the premise in brief: 1,000,000 books are to be given away by 20,000 book lovers on Saturday 5th March. 35 books have been chosen, from which you can choose the book you would like to give away to friends, colleagues, reluctant readers etc. […]

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Jane Rogers on Mako-mere

A couple of months ago we reported that Creative Writing Course Leader Jane Rogers was off to Uganda to develop a pilot for a radio soap opera. Here Jane updates us on progress. The Radio Mifumi project has now produced 10 episodes of a ready-to-air soap opera, Mako-mere (Making Friends). We had to put the […]

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Fireside Reading

The clocks have gone back, the ghosts have flitted among us and returned to their thinly veiled otherworld, the Guys have gone up in a slightly anachronistic blaze of political glory and it’s time make a hot chocolate and curl up in the warm with a good book. Below is a list of some of […]

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News from the OCA: A new degree and a new role

Back in June we set out our plans for new courses for this academic year. Now following discussion with our Trustees and the Course Leader for Creative Writing Jane Rogers we have decided to seek validation for a named degree in Creative Writing. To do this we need to develop a third level one writing […]

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Radio Mifumi

OCA Creative Writing Course Leader Jane Rogers is off to Uganda next week. She will be working with the Director of the charity Mifumi, Atuki Turner to get some local Ugandan writers together to develop a pilot for a radio soap opera which could be broadcast in the Tororo area, and which would aim to […]

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The publishers' perspective

Continuing the OCA’s exploration of what it takes to get published, Livi Michael author of the OCA’s Writing for Children course talks to publisher Penny Morris on what gets read and what is being looked for. These videos should be watched in combination with earlier videos on the agent’s perspective

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