Past Events | Publishing Seminars

Tue 1 November 2011 at 5.00 pm

My Life as an Editor - Juliette Mitchell

Misconceptions, mistakes and rewards

Taking Place: Oxford Brookes University, Buckley BG10/11

Juliette Mitchell talks about her experiences at Penguin, including the commissioning process, seeing a manuscript through from start to finish and different approaches to editing. She will touches on dealing with authors and agents and launching the book into the world.

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Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Seminars

Wed 27 April 2011 at 11.00 am

Usability, user centred design and persuasion

how to make sure people are engaged, complete tasks efficiently and effectively, and like what they see/do

Jon Dodd (BunnyFoot)

Taking Place: Tong IT Suite, Brookes

Jon Dodd founded BunnyFoot in 1999, in the early days of usability, we were the first consultancy to offer professional accessibility services and the first to offer eyetracking as standard. They concentrate on user centred design and usability, and also offer specialist eyetracking services to ad agencies and for market research.

Type of Event: Publishing | Lunchtime Digital Seminars | Publishing Seminars

Wed 13 April 2011 at 2.30 pm

Children’s Publishing Around the World - London Book Fair Seminar, 13th April

London Book Fair, Earls Court, London

Wednesday 13 April 2011

14:30, Children's Theatre, Earls Court 1

Taking Place: London Book Fair

Once upon a time, children’s publishing was an ugly duckling. Now, with the sales of children’s bestsellers matching those of titles aimed at adults, and new technology inviting children to engage in different ways with stories, the duckling-become-swan holds its head high, and publishers are vying with each other to sign up and keep key authors.

Three speakers, representing different parts of the world and different roles within the exciting field of children’s publishing, will discuss what’s happening and what the future may hold. Let’s hope it’s not tears before bedtime!

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Type of Event: Publishing | External Publishing Event | Publishing Seminars

Mon 28 March 2011 at 4.30 pm

Catching the Wave – Confessions of a Digital Opportunist

David Attwooll (Attwooll Associates)

Taking Place: BG10, Buckley Building Gypsy Lane Campus, Oxford Brookes University

An irreverent romp through 40 years of analogue and (from 1984) digital publishing – which should prompt some career ideas or at least cautionary tales. Based on his current business, David will also suggest how a growing number of 21st-century publishing businesses and careers will look radically different from the current ‘norm’.

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Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Seminars

Mon 28 February 2011 at 5.00 pm

The story behind the spread - Dorling Kindersley

Christine Keilty (Dorling Kindersley)

Taking Place: Headington Hill Hall, Oxford Brookes University

A DK spread is a visual feast of eye catching design and informative text. This talk will be an insight into how a spread is created from concept to printed book; Covering The Art Book, the development of its unique page design, the finer points of reproducing pieces of art, gaining permissions from an Artist estate and the surprise of finding out Van Gogh’s Sunflower’s true colours. Christine Keilty will also discuss digital publishing and how this is changing their approach to photo shoots which can now include video and commissioning illustration even in a 3D environment.

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Wed 23 February 2011 at 11.00 am

The challenges of magazine publishing for the iPad

Neil Ayres (Digital Producer for Centaur Media)

Taking Place: Brookes Willow 10

Neil Ayres. is Digital Producer for Centaur Media's creative community titles, incorporating Creative Review and Design Week magazines, as well as several spin-off products.

The new Creative Review app will be one of the world's first magazine products to be truly iPad native. Oxford Brookes students have the opportunity of seeing the app in action before it's launch in March.

Type of Event: Publishing | Lunchtime Digital Seminars | Publishing Seminars

Wed 16 February 2011 at 11.00 am

Going Digital Gracefully

Alison Jones (Director of Digital Development Palgrave Macmillan)

Taking Place: Brookes, Tonge 620

What has to change for traditional publishers as they migrate to digital publishing? What stays the same? And can they make the transition without losing themselves in the process?

Type of Event: Publishing | Lunchtime Digital Seminars | Publishing Seminars

Mon 14 February 2011 at 4.30 pm

Richard Hart – Hart Publishing

Taking Place: BG10, Buckley Building Gypsy Lane Campus, Oxford Brookes University

Hart Publishing is an independent academic publisher based in Oxford specializing in legal books and journals. In his talk, Richard Hart will depict the role of independent academic publishers within the publishing industry and speak about how smaller academic publishers can indeed compete with large corporations and sometimes even do a better job than big businesses.

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Wed 9 February 2011 at 11.00 am

The ActiveTeach Product: - from strategy to creation

Marc Bloch (Head of Digital Publishing for Secondary Education, Pearson)

Taking Place: Brookes Tonge: Room T315

ActiveTeach was a landmark product for Pearson. The launch of ActiveTeach changed the entire market dynamic, making an equivalent digital component essential for any new course.

This product will be demonstrated during the talk, which will cover the development of the idea and the execution of the product creation.

Type of Event: Publishing | Lunchtime Digital Seminars | Publishing Seminars

Wed 24 November 2010 at 12.30 am

Publishing seminar - Toby Mundy

Independent trade publishing in the UK

Taking Place: Buckley Building, Gypsy Lane, Oxford Brookes University

Toby Mundy is a leading figure in the publishing industry.  After training as a graduate recruit at HarperCollins, where he was editorial assistant to Stuart Proffitt, and later took on responsibility for Fontana Press, he joined Weidenfeld & Nicolson as editorial director in 1998. In 2000 he became managing director and publisher of newly formed Atlantic Books, whose bestsellers include the Booker winning The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga, and recent titles such as The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas.

Atlantic Books is the British subsidiary of the American independent publishing house Grove/Atlantic. It was founded in February 2000 and published its first book in May 2001. It has since developed a list that has a world-wide reputation for quality, originality and breadth, and includes fiction, history, politics, memoir and current affairs.

Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Seminars

Wed 10 November 2010 at 12.30 am

Publishing seminar - John Thompson

John Thompson talking about his new book on trade publishing, Merchants of Culture

Taking Place: Headington Hill Hall, Oxford Brookes University

John Thompson is Professor of Sociology at Cambridge University and Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge. Recent publications include Books in the Digital Age (2005) and Merchants of Culture (2010).  He was awarded the European Amalfi Prize for Sociology and the Social Sciences in 2001 for his work on political scandal.

In his book Merchants of Culture he provides a fascinating account of the high-risk culture in consumer publishing on both sides of the Atlantic. Revealed is the world of agents and scouts, of auctions and deals, often with large sums of money paid out to authors, as publishers gamble in the hope of signing the next Harry Potter or Dan Brown.

Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Seminars

Wed 20 October 2010 at 12.30 am

Publishing seminar - Barbara Trapido

Oxford based novelist Barbara Trapido talks about her experiences as an author

Taking Place: Buckley Building, Gipsy Lane Campus, Oxford Brookes University

Barbara Trapido is an internationally successful author, renowned for her dark satirical comedies.  She has written a number of novels, including Brother of the More Famous Jack (1982), which won the Whitbread Special Prize for Fiction, Temples of Delight (1990), shortlisted for the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award, Juggling (1994), and Frankie & Stankie (2003). In its mix of people from different spheres, Sex and Stravinsky, published by Bloomsbury in May 2010, throws up the complexity, cruelty and richness of the global world while, as a sequence of personal stories, it comes together like a dance; a masquerade in which things are not always what they seem.

Born in South Africa and now Oxford based, she has a loyal and ever growing following of fans and is a popular and regular speaker at book events and festivals.

Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Seminars

Mon 17 May 2010 at 1.00 pm

Florence summer school

Taking Place: Villa Finaly, Firenze, 17 to 28 May 2010

Postgraduate publishing students from Oxford Brookes will be taking part in a two-week summer school in Florence, Italy. Working on projects around the overall subject of children's publishing, they will study alongside students from partner universities in Paris, Milan, Leipzig and Ljubljana. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a European context with lectures and seminars on a variety of topics, including authorship, illustration, bookshops, comics and the digital future.

Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Seminars

Mon 29 March 2010 at 5.00 pm

Michael Bhaskar, Nobody Knows Anything - especially publishers

Michael Bhaskar, Digital Publishing Manager, Profile Books

Taking Place: Room BG01, Buckley Building, Gipsy Lane Campus

Michael Bhaskar is the current Digital Publishing Manager at Profile Books, where he is developing their ebook programme. Previously at Pan Macmillan from 2007 to 2010, he developed the digital programme from scratch. He will be talking about the challenges for big and small companies in the digital world, and how, when it comes to ebooks, publishers are misinformed. Michael also writes for BookBrunch.

All are welcome to attend.

Type of Event: Publishing Seminars

Wed 17 March 2010 at 12.05 pm

Emma Barnes, How to get ahead with Digital Publishing

Emma Barnes

Co-founder and Managing Director of Snowbooks, an independent publisher

Director, OnixCentral, a xml-based software supplier to the publishing industry

Lunchtime Digital Seminar

Room BG11, Buckley Building

Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Seminars

Mon 15 March 2010 at 5.00 pm

Research seminar: Clive Stanhope, Audiobooks

'Audiobooks: A Whole New World of Bibliophilia or Infantilising Literature?'

Taking Place: Fuller Lecture Theatre

Clive Stanhope is Managing Director of the independent UK-based audiobook publisher CSA Word. Having worked for 20 years in the music industry, he moved into the world of audiobooks on the recommendation of his friend, the actor Martin Jarvis, who suggested a collaborative effort on a compilation of short stories.  Widely respected, the CSA Word list now includes the books of George Orwell, PG Wodehouse, Graham Greene, and Evelyn Waugh read by such high-profile names as Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Emilia Fox, and Richard Dawkins. 

Type of Event: Publishing Seminars

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