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The 15th international conference was held at Imperial College London on Friday 7 July 2017 (previously held at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies in 2005). The theme was 'The Publisher is Dead - Long Live the Publisher!' - what is the place of the publisher when platforms of production and distribution have become more widely accessible to both authors and readers? The plenary speaker was Angus Phillips from OICPS, who examined the role of the publisher against the background of moves towards open content and self-publishing.
OUP Rights manager and Brookes alumni Polly Silk with original artwork by John Burgerman
MA Students at the Bologna Book Fair
Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, was a guest speaker at the seminar on ‘China Focus: Opportunities in Publishing and Collaboration with the UK’, held on Friday 12 May at the China Exchange in London. Organized by Cypress Books, the seminar gathered a range of speakers and scholars engaged in the publication and curation of Chinese books, in order to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and best practice within the industry.
The conference programme is now published for the international publishing studies conference, By the Book4. This takes place at the Villa Finaly in Florence from 21 to 23 June 2017.
The plenary speakers are Michael Bhaskar and Sam Bruinsma:
Michael Bhaskar is a writer, researcher and digital publisher. He is Co-Founder of the digital publisher Canelo. He has written a prize-winning monograph, The Content Machine (Anthem Press 2013), a groundbreaking academic exploration of the past, present and future of publishing. His new book, Curation: The Power of Selection in a World of Too Much (Little, Brown Piatkus) was published in 2016 and he is editor (with Angus Phillips) of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Publishing (OUP).
Sam Bruinsma has been in publishing for close to thirty years. He has been with Brill since 1998, after ten years at Wolters Kluwer. Currently he is Senior Vice-President Business Development. His current contributions to the industry include chairing STM’s Standards & Technology Committee, and acting as treasurer for the Dutch collective rights organization PRO. He holds an MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam.
For more details please visit the conference website.
The 27th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) took place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre (ADNEC) from 26th April until 2nd May 2017. The number of exhibitiors totalled 1,320, an increase of 60 exhibitors from the previous year, representing 65 countries from around the world. China was the guest of honour at the Fair, and there was a varied professional and cultural programme featuring a full line-up of intellectual and literary activities. Amongst the speakers as part of the professional programme was Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, who gave two talks.
The 5th Self-Publishing Conference was held at the University of Leicester on Saturday 22 April 2017.The conference is the UK’s only dedicated self-publishing event, offering authors a chance to find out about a wide range of publishing options, to hear from and question those who work within the self-publishing world, and to network with fellow authors, many of whom will already be experienced self-publishers. The presentations included a keynote speech from Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, in which he gave an overview of the publishing landscape and examined the place of self-publishing and independent publishers.
You can read the tweets from the day at #SelfPubConf
Working in Publishing session in the 'Terrace' at Oxford Brookes
An annual event for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, Working in Publishing 2017 offered an afternoon of advice and networking with industry professionals, including Brookes alumni. This year over 40 companies, and nearly 60 professionals, from all sectors of publishing participated in the speed-dating session.
Our headline speaker was Lisa Edwards, Publishing Director at Templar Publishing. Lisa has nearly twenty years’ experience in publishing, mostly in children’s publishing and licensing. Prior to joining Templar she worked for twelve years at Scholastic Children’s Books, where as Publishing & Commercial Director, she oversaw the publishing of the Hunger Games trilogy, the Horrible Histories series, the Tom Gates Series, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler picture books and The Golden Compass. From 2013 to 15 she moved into publishing for adults and was the Publisher at Carlton Books, managing the editorial team who create a list of sport, music, history and reference titles, including the FIFA World Cup and Tour De France publishing programmes, and a number of Imperial War Museum collaborations for the centenary of the First World War.
Publishing student volunteers
The OICPS Stand on the ground floor of hall 7, Olympia
The Cake is cut by Adrian Bullock during the OICPS party
Students and staff from the Centre (Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies) were busy throughout the London Book Fair, held at Olympia from the 14th to 16th March 2017.
The Oxford Brookes stand featured our degree programmes, our staff publications, research and consultancy. We also took this opportunity to promote the June conference of the Oxfordshire Publishing Group, and our July summer school for Chinese publishers. Over 45 students helped out with the running of the fair, including manning the seminar rooms and the Author HQ, with two students helping on the Frankfurt Book Fair stand.
Students from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies scored a stunning success in the awards presented at the London Book Fair on the evening of Tuesday 14 March, winning three of the four prizes for student work. Maria Magdalena Hock won the major project prize, and Kirsten Cozens won the award for the best undergraduate dissertation, as well as the overall prize for the best work. Maria's project was 'The Magic flute - Bringing an Opera to Life on Screen: How Children can Engage with Classical Music in a Digital Picturebook'; and Kirsten's dissertation was 'What are the Implications of Cross - Platform Engagement and Expectation within Young Adult Literature?'
Also shortlisted and 'Highly Commended' for her MA dissertation was Daya Subramanian, 'Publishing in India:The Past, The Present and some Emerging Trends'.
THE ASSOCIATION FOR PUBLISHING EDUCATION DISSERTATION AND PROJECT PRIZES
- Best Undergraduate Dissertation: Kirsten Cozens, BA Publishing Media
- Best Major Project: Maria Magdalena Hock, MA Digital Publishing
- Best Overall Project: Kirsten Cozens, BA Publishing Media
The British Book Design and Production Awards took place on Thursday 10 November 2016 at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge in central London. The guest host for the evening was Baroness Floella Benjamin, best known in households across the country for her children’s programmes such as ‘Playschool’ and ‘CBeebies’ Bedtime Stories’. In 2013 Floella was made a Fellow of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and throughout 2016 has been promoting their Shakespeare in Schools initiative.
As one of the most prestigious and popular literary events of the year, the British Book Design and Production Awards recognize the excellence of the British book design and production industry by celebrating the year’s best books. The awards are designed to represent everything that is best in British book design and are seen as the flagship event in the industry’s year. The event is supported by the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), Oxford Brookes University, and the Publishers Association.
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