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The 2017 Oxford Publishing Group Summer Conference will take place at St Catherine's College, Oxford on Tuesday 13th June 2017.
More details to follow, but we are delighted to announce that keynote speakers include Sir Roy Strong, David Fickling and Stephen Page.
The online shop is now open to take bookings for the Summer Conference on 14th June at St Catherine's College Oxford.
Come and here out stunning line-up of keynote speakers: Gail Rebuck in conversation with Mariella Frostrup, Joanne Harris, Nigel Newton, and Richard Ovenden and take part in breakout sessions on an exciting range of topical subjects.
No matter what publishing company you are from, large or small, academic or trade, there is something for every publisher at this event.
Come and join us at see why Michael Bhaskar said 'The OPG Summer Conference is one of the best in the world'.
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The 2015 International Publishing Summer School finished in the glorious grounds of Headington Hill Hall on a sunny July day. Delegates came from around the world - China, India, Nigeria, Korea, France, Australia, and the USA - for two packed weeks that included lectures and seminars from staff at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, and invited speakers from industry. Speakers included:
- Richard Mollett, CEO of the Publishers Association
- Philip Jones, Editor of The Bookseller
- Emma Barnes, Managing Director of Snowbooks and Bibliocloud
- Felicity Bryan, Chair of the Felicity Bryan Literary Agency
- and the managing directors of various publishing companies including Jonathan Glasspool from Bloomsbury Academic and Professional, Sinead Moloney of Hart Publishing, and Juliet Mabey of Oneworld Publications.
Students and staff from the Centre (OICPS) were busy throughout the London Book Fair, held at Olympia from the 14th to 16th April 2015.
We had our own stand from which we marketed our degree programmes, staff publications, research and consultancy, the June conference of the Oxfordshire Publishing Group, and our July summer school. Over 40 students helped out with the running of the Fair, including manning the seminar rooms and the Author’s Hub; and two students helped on the Frankfurt Book Fair stand.
On the Thursday afternoon Angus Phillips participated in a seminar, ‘Fusion Skills for a Future in Publishing’, on how the fusion of creative, technical and entrepreneurial skills is key to the continued success of UK publishing and the wider creative industries.
We are delighted to announce the line up for the 3rd Publishing Summer School, which will take place at Oxford Brookes University from 6th-17th July 2015.
- David Attwooll, MD of Attwooll Associates
- Emma Barnes, MD of Snowbooks
- Jonathan Glasspool, MD Bloomsbury Academic and Professional
- Juliet Mabey, MD Oneworld Publications
- C M Taylor, Author, ghostwriter and app maker
- Richard Mollet, CEO of The Publishers Association
- and a host of other top industry speakers.
Delegates on the course in January gave it rave reviews, such as "fantastic..one of the best I've ever been on" and "I cannot recommend it highly enough". If you're willing to open your minds to new ideas, and to discover through exciting lectures and group work how you can develop your creative, digital and entrepreneurial skills so you can take your job to the next level, then this is the course for you!
Dr Haseeb Md Irfanullah was unlike many of the participants in the 2014 International Publishing Summer School. Although he is the editor of an academic journal, publishing has little apparent connection with his main job in Practical Action (an NGO). Yet Haseeb has realised that this is not quite true and he has, in fact, benefitted a great deal from what he learned during his two weeks in Oxford.
Read Haseeb's blog to see how he has been able to apply three key things from the Summer School to his work at Practical Action.
The Oxfordshire Publishing Group (OPG) has recently been awarded a £150,000 grant by Creative Skillset to develop training courses for publishers in the region over the next two years.
The bid was won by the Oxfordshire Publishing Cluster Group, an informal group of senior local publishers who have been meeting over the last two years to discuss areas of common interest and to engage more closely with the local councils and the Local Enterprise Partnership. The group has been coordinated by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (OICPS). The grant is being held by OICPS on behalf of the Group and the running and administration of the work will be done by the Centre.
The OPG bid was part of a larger bid made by Creative Skillset on behalf of over 500 creative industry employers and partners in such fields as film, TV, animation, games, VFX, publishing, digital media, and fashion and textile. The total amount of money co-invested by government is £20 million and this is matched by £17 million industry contributions from the largest ever partnership of creative companies in the UK. The launch, on 14th July, took place at Channel 4’s headquarters in London, with speakers including David Abraham, Chief Executive of Channel 4, Ed Vaizey, MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport, Matthew Hancock MP, and Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership and Chair UKCES.
The 2nd International Publishing Summer School took place from 7-18 July 2014 at Oxford Brookes University. Delegates from a range of publishing backgrounds came from countries around the world, including China, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Italy, Thailand, Estonia and Russia. We were lucky to be able to use two venues for the Summer School - the beautiful and characterful Headington Hill Hall and the brand newly-opened John Henry Brookes Building.
The Summer School covered all the latest issues and developments in the world of publishing focusing, of course, on digital trends. It opened with an overview of trends and internationalisation in UK publishing by Liz Thomson, Publisher at Bookbrunch, before a talk by Angus Phillips, Head of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies on what we can learn from digital trends in other media industries, On the second day, David Attwooll, MD of Attwooll Associates, talked through the issues surrounding digital right management, and there were sessions on rights and international book fairs, and on business models, digital products and formats, and publishing standards. The week continued with Emma Barnes, MD of Snowbooks. covering the importance of metadata, and further digital sessions on content management, digital workflow and XML, and Philip Shaw, Associate at Bertoli Mitchell, giving a session on publishing finance.
The final line-up of top industry speakers has been confirmed at the Summer School, which runs from 7 to 18 July 2014. These will be:
- David Attwooll, MD, Attwooll Associates on digital rights management
- Emma Barnes, MD, Snowbooks on why metadata matters
- Felicity Bryan, Chair, Felicity Bryan Literary Agency on managing author relationships
- Lindsey Charles, Educational publishing consultant, on educational publishing
- Jonathan Glasspool, MD, Bloomsbury Academic and Professional on mergers and acquisitions
- Richard Hart, Founder and ex-MD, Hart Publishing on professional publishing
- Simon Littlewood, International Director, RandomHouse on doing business internationally
- Juliet Mabey, MD, Oneworld Publishers on trade publishing
- Richard Mollett, CEO, The Publishers Association on copyright and piracy
- Philip Shaw, Associate at Bertoli Mitchell, on finance
- C M Taylor, author, screenwriter and app maker on born digital projects
- Liz Thomson, Editor, BookBrunch, on trends in UK publishing
- Anthony Watkinson, Principal Consultant, CIBER Research, on journals publishing
and we are delighted that our after-dinner speaker at the special Conference dinner at Quod Restaurant, Oxford, will be John Mitchinson, writer, publisher and co-founder of Unbound.
Together with other talks and seminars by senior lecturers from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, the Summer School looks set to be as exciting and vibrant as it was last year. For more information see our events page.