Oxfordshire Publishing Group Summer Conference 2017

Taking place:

With much regret, we announce that this event is now cancelled due to the personal circumstances of the organizer. Refunds will be issued to those who have already booked

13 June 2017

After two fabulous and highly-successful conferences, the OPG Summer Conference is now firmly established as one of the key events in the publishing calendar.  With top speakers and focused breakout sessions, the conference provides an opportunity to listen to and learn from inspiring publishers, industry specialists, and distinguished authors - the movers and shakers in our fast-moving world.

We are delighted to announce that the 2017 keynote speakers are:

  • Sir Roy Strong, CH: Writer, historian, diarist, broadcaster and gardener, author of over forty books and former Director of both the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum 
  • David Fickling: Publisher, David Fickling Books
  • Stephen Page: CEO, Faber & Faber
  • Antonia Byatt: Formerly Director of the Cheltenham Literature Festival and Director, Literature and SE at Arts Council England

Breakout Sessions

  • Chris Shelley, Intellectual Property Partner, Penningtons Manches 
    “Copyright law for publishers: what every publisher needs to know” – This session will explore some of the copyright issues currently faced by publishers and look at how changes in copyright law and practice are affecting the publishing industry. 
  • Jared Shurin, Strategy Director, Kindred Agency
    'The Rewards of Brand Building' – Why and how do we build imprint, publisher and author brands? The role of brand-building in growing awareness, maintaining audience relationships and cutting through in a crowded market
  • Michael Mack, Managing Director, Mack Books
    'The Power of Social Media' – Mack Books uses social media as it's prime marketing tool.  How have they achieved this?  What have they learned?  And can the power of social media replace all other forms of marketing
  • Brooke O'Donnell. Managing Director for Trafalgar Square Publishing (a division of Independent Publishers Group), USA
    'How to Crack America: Successful Publishing Models to Help You Succeed' – What is the most effective way for British publishers to produce books and other products that will succeed in the US market?  What's going on in the US publishing market and how is this likely to impact on us in the UK?

Panel Discussion

'Disruptions to Publishing' with panellists:

  • Suzanne Wilson-Higgins, Managing Director, Lion Hudson
  • Sally Rumsey, Head of Scholarly Communications & RDM at the Bodleian Libraries
  • Jane Tappuni, Managing Director at http://www.iprlicense.com

The cost of the full-day conference is just £85, which includes all refreshments, a sit-down lunch, and a wine reception at the end of the day.