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The Elephant in the Room, London Book Fair 2019

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.

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Students visit the Beijing International Book Fair

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.

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Building Inclusivity in Publishing

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. 

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Editor in Chief and MA Publishing Studies student attends Frankfurt Book Fair

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.

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Careers in 21st Century Publishing

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.

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Rights Manager and MA Publishing Studies student attends Beijing Book Fair

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.

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Working in Publishing Day, 2018

by Shannon Magee

Working in Publishing 2018 began with an inspirational keynote speech from Mark Allin, former CEO of Wiley. Mark shared aspects of his journey through the publishing industry, from working in sales and visiting university campuses to his experience as an entrepreneur with Capstone.

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Publishing solutions from IXXUS - Digital Lunch with Carl Robinson

by Giorgia De Micheli

On Wed 21 February 2018, Carl Robinson, Senior Consultant at Ixxus, explained how to take on some of the issues that publishers face in building their digital strategies.

At Ixxus, Carl’s focus is on helping clients look at business visions, goals and strategies around their content and tooling to enable flexibility and readiness to meet the ever-changing demands of the digital market. He has worked for Pearson Education, Macmillan Education and Oxford University Press and understands the digital issues that publishers face. 

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Oxford Publishing Society (OPuS) Evening - The Future of Illustrated Publishing

by Franziska Boeswald, MA Publishing student

On the Evening of the 2nd November 2017 we had the chance to get a detailed insight into an underrepresented area within the publishing industry: illustrated publishing. David Graham, MD at Pavilion Books and Greg Hill, MD at Atlantic Publishing gave professionals and aspiring publishers the chance to get a better picture of the current state of this particular branch of publishing.

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Oxford University Press Stock Planning Away Day

by Rebecca Burke

In November 2017 fifteen MA Publishing students from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University joined the Global Academic Stock Planning department for their annual away day

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