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October highlights

Action on Addiction's Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, visited service users and staff during a visit to the CRI Recovery Service in Stockton which delivers the charity’s acclaimed M-PACT (Moving Parents and Children Together) programme. In addition to the usual media brouhaha about the Royal visit, the campaigning team secured a feature - about the programme and its positive impact on families - on


The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) has received funding from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) to carry out two projects, focussing on degree classification and social mobility. The first will encourage employers to make use of the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) in the recruitment and selection of graduates. The second project is aimed at persuading employers to review their selection criteria, in order to ensure that they are not compromising the access that applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds have to internships and jobs.


The winners of the Forward Prizes for Poetry were announced at a ceremony at Somerset House on Monday 1 October


Home, the name for the new centre for contemporary culture in Manchester formed by Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company was announced.


Management Today held its inaugural Inspiring Women conference.  Chaired by Baroness Denise Kingsmill CBE, speakers include Rosaleen Blair, Chief Executive of Alexander Mann Solutions; Abigail Rappoport, Microsoft UK; Sarah Curran, Founder of; Cilla Snowball CBE, Group Chairman AMVBBDO; Charlotte Crosswell, President Nasdaq OMX Europe; June Kenton, owner of Rigby & Peller; and fellow clients of Four Colman Getty and Four Communications, CEO of Cedar, Penny de Valk, and founder and MD of Handpicked Hotels, Julia Hands.


Dr Suzannah Lipscomb, Convenor and Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at New College of the Humanities, was awarded the Nancy Lyman Roelker Prize at the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her prize-winning essay, Crossing boundaries: Women’s Gossip, insults and violence in Sixteenth-Century France was selected by a committee of three judges including Dr Karen Spierling (Denison University), Professor Jeffrey Watt (University of Mississippi), and Professor Stuart Carroll (University of York).


Oxfam held a media briefing on the issue of land grabs, ahead of publishing a major report calling on the World Bank to temporarily freeze its land investments.  We had a good turn out of senior journalists at the breakfast briefing, and the ensuing coverage for the report coverage included a business item and main feature on BBC Radio 4 Today, Reuters, Daily Telegraph and The Guardian.


Innovative international education charity, PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools), held its annual fundraising quiz, An Education. 23 teams captained by celebrities (including Greg Wise, Jessica Hynes, Louis Theroux, Richard Herring, Charlie Higson and Hugh Dennis) did battle under the watchful eye of quizmaster Jeremy Paxman with the triumphant team led by BBC Political Editor, Nick Robinson. With all monies doubled by the UK Government, as part of the match-funded Back to School Appeal, the event raised a terrific £185,000.


Julie Burchill announced her new book to be crowd-funded on Memoirs of a Philosemite


We’ve had a booktastic month, starting with The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, followed by shortlist announcements for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize and Samuel Johnson Prize and the award of the PEN Pinter Prize to Syrian writer Samar Yazbek, and ending with the UK launch of The Yellow World. Written by Spanish author Albert Espinosa, The Yellow World is a collection of life lessons learnt from his survival of cancer.  The book has had huge success in Spain – selling over half a million copies – and if the press interest is anything to go by, should also be a best-seller in the UK.

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