Past Events

Sun 9 November 2014 at 6.44 pm

War Poetry

Free event

The Front Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, London

Learn more about the leading female poets of the First World War.

This event introduces you to the poets and poems that encapsulate the despair, endurance and anger of the Great War generation.

Join experts, including Jane Potter (from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies) and Angela K. Smith, to explore the work of some the First World War's greatest writers. Chaired by Judith Palmer, Director at The Poetry Society.

And we came home and found

They had achieved, and men revered their names,

But never mentioned ours;

– Vera Brittain, from the poem The Lament of the Demobilised

Type of Event: External Publishing Event

Tue 4 November 2014 at 12.05 pm

Starting (and Growing) your own Publishing Business

Wayne Davies (Co-founder of Quercus Publishing, one of the most successful publishing start-ups of recent times.)

Taking Place: John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre, (JHB 108), Oxford Brookes

Quercus and its books won over 100 awards in its ten-year life, including Independent Publisher of the Year in 2008 and Publisher of the Year in 2011, and is best known for Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. Quercus was recently sold to the UK’s second largest publishing group, Hachette.

In his twenty five years in publishing, Wayne has also worked at the Orion Publishing Group, Granada Media, Letts Educational and Elsevier in a variety of management, publishing and digital roles.

Wayne will be sharing his experiences of founding a publishing company including how to get started, finding and working with investors, financial and cash flow issues, handling rapid growth, maintaining an entrepreneurial culture, assessing expansion opportunities, and securing a sale.

Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Seminars

Tue 21 October 2014 at 12.05 pm

Becoming the New Publisher - how does digital change publishing?

Michael Bhaskar (Digital Publishing Director at Profile Books. Author of The Content Machine)

Taking Place: John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre, (JHB 108), Oxford Brookes

Michael will consider what publishers have always done and ask is this the same today, using case studies from the industry. He will examine key trends that we should pay attention to amidst all the noise, in an attempt to predict the future.

Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Seminars

Thu 16 October 2014 at 7.00 pm

Will Bookshops Exist in 100 Years’ Time?

A panel discussion taking place at Blackwell's Bookshop in Broad Street, Oxford

19:00 - 20:00

Taking Place: Blackwell's, Broad Street, Oxford

The death of the book has been prophesised since the days of monks diligently making copies of books for a wider readership. In more recent times, the Internet, e-readers and supposedly shorter attention spans have all been cited as factors which predicate the certain demise of books and reading and therefore bookshops themselves. Join our fabulous and illustrious panelists as they discuss whether the book-lovers of 2114 will be able to walk into a bookshop (or indeed, whether there will even be book-lovers in a century's time).

The line-up of participants include: Jen Campbell, author and bookseller, whose new book, The Bookshop Book, looks at over two hundred wonderful bookshops across six continents; Mark Forsyth, the author of Horlogicon and Etymologicon, whose latest work, The Unknown, Unknown explores why it's only in a bookshop that you'll find something you never knew you wanted to read; Ulric van den Bogaerde, the Manager of the world-famous Norrington Room, the vast academic basement of Blackwell's Bookshop in Oxford which has served generations of students and scholars; Angus Phillips, Director, Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies and the author of Turning the Page: The evolution of the book (Routledge, 2014); Juliet Mabey, co-founder and Director of Oneworld Books, Monty Kimball-Evans, Higher Education Sales Executive at Taylor and Francis & former Blackwell's bookseller; and Andy Miller, author of The Year of Reading Dangerously.

Type of Event: External Publishing Event

Tue 7 October 2014 to Tue 7 October 2014

Susan Wightman and Michael Mitchell

Book Designers of Libanus Press and Authors of Book Typography, A Designer’s Manual

Taking Place: Gibbs 302, Oxford Brookes

Susan and Michael will share some personal experiences about working with clients to design and produce books. They will pass on tips for the best ways to work with designers in briefing, communication, sharing files, meeting deadlines, clarifying procedures to produce a beautiful book on time and to budget.


Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Seminars

Mon 8 September 2014 at 6.30 pm

Alumni stories - Emma Bourne

All alumni are welcome

Taking Place: Headington Hill Hall

Emma Bourne is the Managing Director of the Schools Division, Macmillan Education. She has worked in a variety of roles in the international educational publishing sector for Heinemann, Nelson Thornes  (as International Director and Board member) and Oxford University Press as (International Development Director, ELT) before joining Macmillan in December 2013. Prior to that she worked for a company specialising in supply to the International Schools market.  She is the current chair of the International Board at the Publisher’s Association.

Macmillan Education’s Schools business publishes primary and secondary titles for local curricula in selective markets across parts of the English speaking world.  Emma, while UK based, travels extensively to the Macmillan schools network around the world.

Emma is a graduate of the undergraduate Publishing programme at Oxford Brookes. She will be talking about her experience in developing her career in publishing. Refreshments will be provided.

Type of Event: Publishing

Mon 7 July 2014 to Fri 18 July 2014

International Publishing Summer School 2014

Taking Place: Headington Hill Hall

This prestigious two-week course brings together publishers from around the world to develop new skills as international publishers and to discuss issues of importance to our industry. The course will provide an opportunity for you to:

  • Learn from highly experienced tutors based at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, the market leader in publishing education
  • Focus on new technologies, and recognize which will be the most effective in helping you build an business
  • Hear from top industry speakers about how they have created, developed and sold products and services to a range of markets. 
  • Gain a better appreciation of how publishing works internationally
  • Improve your knowledge across a range of publishing areas – editorial, production, sales and marketing – all with a focus on the latest technology
  • Try out a range of new skills in breakout groups and workshop situations
  • Visit key industry players at the cutting edge of digital developments

Complete Event Details

Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Consultancy and Training

Thu 19 June 2014 at 4.30 pm

From Gothic Script to Georgia

The English language on page and screen


Join this distinguished panel of bibliography and publishing experts for a wide-ranging conversation on typography, the transmission of text via print and digital media, book covers, page formats, and much more.

Complete Event Details

Type of Event: External Publishing Event

Mon 12 May 2014 at 8.30 am

Florence Postgraduate Summer School 2014

12 to 23 May 2014

This two-week summer school enables a group of our MA Publishing students to work at the Villa Finaly in Florence alongside fellow students from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Slovenia.

Type of Event: Publishing

Wed 23 April 2014 at 12.00 pm

Children’s Books & iBook Author - Alessandra Rimoli

Alessandra Rimoli, iBook Author Developer & Co-editions Rights Executive (Small World Creations)

Taking Place: Willow lecture theatre (turn right entering Willow), Headington Hill Campus, Oxford Brookes University, OX3 0BT

Alessandra will be telling you about her adventures since graduating from the MA Publishing and going to work for Small World Creations in Bath. 

Her joint role includes the development of children's books using iBook Author products co-edtions rights sales.

Type of Event: Lunchtime Digital Seminars

Thu 10 April 2014 at 9.00 am

The Price is Right - London Book Fair seminar

London Book Fair

Earls Court

Taking Place: Thames Room

The growing prominence of ebooks has highlighted the importance of pricing and understanding its effect on sales. What are the strategies and tactics around pricing being adopted by publishers? How are publishers using analytics to inform their decisions? What is the impact on customer behaviour of reducing prices for daily sales or promotions?

A panel of experts from publishing and retailing considers the issues and shares their experience.

Complete Event Details

Type of Event: Publishing | London Book Fair Seminar

Mon 7 April 2014 at 12.30 pm

4th UK China Publishing Forum

Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies

Room BG11, Buckley Building, Oxford Brookes University

In association with the Modern Publishing Institute of Peking University and Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication

The Publishers Association and the London Book Fair

The fourth UK China Publishing Forum will be held on Monday 7 April at Oxford Brookes University.

The event is an opportunity to hear from both UK and Chinese experts about the relationship between the two publishing industries. There will be sessions on the growing business connections between the two countries, the development of the copyright trade, and digital publishing in China. This well-established conference is run in association with the Modern Publishing Institute of Peking University and Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication, the Publishers Association and - for the first time - in partnership with The London Book Fair.

The speakers include: Fayuan Zhu, Deputy President of Jiangxi Publishing Group; Rob Scriven, Ian Taylor Associates; Xiaohong Fan, President of FLTRP UK; and Rüdiger Wischenbart, Wischenbart Consulting.

Complete Event Details

Type of Event: Publishing

Fri 4 April 2014 at 2.00 pm

Globalisation in Publishing

Miha Kovač (Professor in Library and Information Science and Book Studies) (University of Ljubljana)

Taking Place: BG10

The last in the series of Publishing Studies and Print Culture Research seminars this semester. The format of the seminars is that each speaker will first give a paper based on their current research (c. 20 minutes). Thereafter, there will be time for discussion of the research topic and findings, and also of the methodologies and theoretical approaches that they have adopted.  All welcome.

Note that this session will take place later in the afternoon (c. 3.00pm) in BG10, and will be attended by MA Publishing students. 

Type of Event: Publishing Seminars

Sat 29 March 2014 at 3.00 pm

The Future of Publishing - Oxford Literary Festival

Oxford Literary Festival

The familiar world of the book is facing some key challenges. These include the decline of bookselling on the high street, the growth in the sales of ebooks, and competition from other media. There is continued experimentation around the book in digital form, exploring non-linear narratives and the use of multimedia. Meanwhile, for authors there are many new routes available for finding a readership, including self-publishing or using crowdfunding to finance publication. Will traditional publishing survive in this environment? Why do authors still need publishers? Should readers have a greater say in what is published? Our expert panel of Nigel Newton, Anthony Cheetham, Tim Waterstone, and Richard Ovenden considers these and other questions.

The event is chaired by Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.

Complete Event Details

Type of Event: Publishing

Thu 27 March 2014 at 5.30 pm

A Social Evening for Publishing People in Oxford

BookMachine and the Oxford Publishing Society

Taking Place: Jam Factory, Oxford

BookMachine is partnering up with OPUS to bring you an evening of mingling with publishing folks.

Angus Phillips (Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies) will be the speaker, and will be sharing some words of wisdom.

On arrival you'll be greeted and introduced to some other Oxford publishing-types. The event starts at 18:30, and there'll be free drinks for early-birds.

Type of Event: External Publishing Event

Tue 25 March 2014 at 4.00 pm

Visit to Bologna Book Fair

25 to 27 March

Our annual trip for MA Publishing students to the Bologna Children's Book Fair. Since 1964 the Fair is the most important international event for professionals involved in children's publishing.

Type of Event: Publishing

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