by Nina Clapperton
This October I got the opportunity with two colleagues to attend the 2019 Future Book Forum, enabled by Canon, in Munich in Germany. The moment the opportunity came up, I knew I wanted to go – and it wasn’t just because it was a free trip.
The Future Book Forum is all about publishers and printers working together to explore new avenues to develop our industry. This year, the theme was communities. I wasn’t entirely sure what they meant by that at first. Was it going to be all about online forums and book clubs? Or fanfiction sites and Tumblr accounts? Or Facebook groups and Reddit threads? Well, I was sort of right. Communities can be anything that bonds people together. At the conference, an anthropologist explained that communities have been an integral part of human development. We’ve succeeded because of our communities. Now, so can publishers.
by Natasha Chen
In the months leading up to the end of my undergraduate second year, I was struck by the panic that I had no experience, no clue what I was doing and whether I had any idea what I even wanted to do when I left university. It was enough to spur me to email one of the Publishing tutors responsible for work experience, Beverley Tarquini, for some advice, which was the start of moving me towards something new, terrifying and ultimately, fantastic.
Beverley sent me the details of a summer internship opportunity at Wiley: it was 10 weeks, in Oxford, in Marketing, and paid! It ticked all the boxes, so I applied (although leaving it a little late, and applying on the dot for the deadline) and waited to hear back. Later, I was contacted by HR and informed that I had made it to the next stage - a few interviews and one assessment day later, I was at Wiley and was now a fully fledged intern.
by Louise Turner
Louise Turner is completing the MA Publishing via distance learning. She is a primary school governor, children’s library advocate, and ambassador for Nosy Crow. Find her on twitter @loucloverturner for children’s books, reading initiatives, and research.
Despite feeling somewhat out of my comfort zone, I chose to attend this year’s conference to keep abreast of the current challenges facing the children’s publishing landscape, and potentially generate areas for further investigation within my research. What follows is a summary of the talks and some of the key questions I felt were addressed within each session.
by Katrina Bath
I chose Oxford Brookes simply because it was the best university for Publishing and student testimonies also praised Brookes for offering great student support. It was the last summer of my 3rd year at the University of Bradford and I had just handed in my final year dissertation for my bachelor’s degree in Media Studies. It’s safe to say that I was in a complete state of panic, I was done with university, had quit my part-time job to focus on my dissertation and now that all of that was done, a gaping black hole had opened in my mental place titled ‘future’. It was time for me to evaluate my life and what kind of career would make me happy so the first thing I did was make a list of all the things I loved doing. Books were at the top of that list and that’s how I began to wonder what career you could have around books and that is how I stumbled into the world of Publishing.
by M-L Patton
Before the words had even left her lips my hand shot into the air. I thought I’d have to fight one of my fellow volunteers for this job.
When I volunteered at London Book Fair 2019 with my MA Publishing Media course, I didn’t realise my duties would extend to playing dress up. Not just any old kind of dress up, no – hardcore, Disney Land-esque method acting dress up.
On 15 August 2018, Beverley Tarquini, Senior Publishing lecturer, Byron Russell, Head of Ingenta Connect and Xiaochen Zhang, Deputy Direct or of the Confucius Institute at Oxford Brookes University chaperoned 17 publishing students for a two week summer camp and visit to Beijing International Book Fair. Our partners at Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP) welcomed the group of undergraduate and post-graduate students and arranged a variety of cultural and industry visits.
Read on for reports from some of the students.
by Roisin Duffy
The Coin Street Conference Centre in London’s Southbank was buzzing with publishing professionals and those trying to gain access into the industry, including students on Tuesday, November 27 2018. The London Book Fair partnered with the Publishing Association to host their ‘Building Inclusivity in Publishing’ conference and invited a total of sixteen speakers to discuss the issue of accessibility and diversity in publishing and to share their ideas on how to make the industry more inclusive.
by Kelly Dimopoulou
For the last five years I work at Hemma Publishing House a children's publishing house located in Belgium but owned by the second bigger publishing group in France, Group Editis. My role is a combination of Publisher, Acquisition Editor and Product Development. We publish 350 new titles per year where 120 are Disney. Our age group is 3-6 years old and we are very strong is colouring and activity books, box sets, compilation of fairy tales and stories.
by Joanne Butlin and Róisín Duffy
The OPUS Careers in 21st Century Publishing talk, the third annual event of its kind, allowed students and publishing professionals alike, to get a informative insight into various paths a publishing career can take. Ian Campsall, Aaron O’Dowling-Keane and Saskia Watts, all allumi of Brookes publishing courses, were the guest speakers invited to talk at Oxford Brookes on September 27th 2018.
by Lina Chebaro
I would like to introduce myself, my name is Lina Chebaro. Currently I’m a first-year distance learning student on the MA Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University. In addition to that I am the Copyrights Manager at Arab Scientific Publishers, Inc. (ASP).
This August, I attended Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) for the third time. Each year I have seen positive growth of the Chinese publishing sector, both in quality of and variety of publications.