Oxfordshire Publishing Group Summer Conference 2016

Publishing Without Boundaries

Taking place:

St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

14 June 2016

After the enormous success of our inaugural conference last June, we are delighted to announce another stellar line-up of speakers, panels, and breakout sessions for the 2016 OPG Summer Conference.  With talks by leading figures from the publishing world focusing on some of the most exciting and innovative work that is being done, the conference will once again challenge conventional ways of working and stimulate delegates to embrace the changing face of publishing.

In addition to the talks, there will be breakout sessions for delegates to choose from led by senior publishing professionals, a panel discussion on one of the key issues in our industry, and the opportunity to meet a wide range of publishing colleagues from companies across the UK and from a variety of backgrounds.

The conference fee includes refreshments, a sit-down lunch, and a drinks reception at the end of the day.

Keynote speakers:

  • Gail Rebuck, Chair of Penguin Random House UK
  • Mariella Frostrup, journalist and television presenter
  • Joanne Harris, author, including the best-selling Chocolat
  • Nigel Newton, founder and Chief Executive of Bloomsbury Publishing plc
  • Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian in the University of Oxford and Director of the Bodleian Library’s Centre for the Study of the Book

‘The OPG summer conference is one of the best in the world. Surprising, different, with genuinely fresh ideas and fascinating talks, I enjoyed it immensely and got a huge amount of the day. I can't wait for the next one’.  Michael Bhaskar, ‎Co-Founder and Publishing Director at Canelo Digital Publishing and author of ‘The Content Machine’

Main Conference Sessions:

  • Nigel Newton – ‘Never the Twain Shall Meet: Bloomsbury’s journey from trade to academic, and print to digital’
  • Gail Rebuck in conversation with Mariella Frostrup
  • Panel Discussion led by Richard Ovenden – ‘Curating Culture’
  • Joanne Harris - ‘Authors, Readers and Publishers, Working Together’

Breakout sessions:

  • Why Everything You Know is Bollocks: The Journey from Books to Successful Services
    • Convenors: Marc Bloch, Head of Digital, Pearson UK and Tom Scholes, Director, Grove Street Media
  • The Challenges of International Publishing
    • Convenor: Robert Sulley, Group International Director, Hodder Education
  • Understanding the Book Buyer
    • Convenor: Euan Hirst, Online Bookseller, Blackwells
  • Working with your competitors - how industry publishing metrics and nurturing small players have driven change in academic publishing
    • Convenor: Liz Marchant, Editorial Director, Journals (Education), Taylor & Francis

Tickets: £85 per person