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Marylebone’s The Landmark hotel was host to the 2019 British Book Design and Production Awards on 21 November 2019, featuring the best books British publishing has to offer competing in such categories as Brand/Series Identity, Best Jacket/Cover Design, Best Student Book and the coveted Book of the Year.
The awards were hosted by Konnie Huq, British television presenter and writer whose first book, Cookie and the Most Annoying Boy in the World, is set for publication in February 2020.
Boss Print stole the show with photography book North Northwest, winning both Best British Book and Book of the Year. The judges commented that 'Even amongst the highest of competition, this entry captivated us. There was not one element that did not fit in. The book was seamlessly put together as a whole with beautiful production and design, making it a truly worthy winner.'
The Publishers’ Publicity Circle (PPC) awards took place in London on 11 February 2019, presented to the publicists responsible for the best PR campaigns from 2018. The winner of the children’s book award, sponsored by the Daily Mail, was Kirsten Cozens of Walker Books, for her campaign for Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love. Kirsten graduated from the BA Publishing Media degree in 2016.
The 2018 British Book Design and Production Awards were held at the Montcalm Marble Arch Hotel in London on 22 November 2018. The evening was hosted by author and comedian Adam Kay, who rose to fame with his book This is going to Hurt, which recounts his career as a junior doctor. An instant Sunday Times bestseller with over 700,000 copies sold, it has won numerous literary prizes. Adam entertained guests throughout the evening and presented a total of 19 awards.
Students and staff from the Centre (OICP) were busy throughout the London Book Fair (LBF), held at Olympia from the 10th to 12th April 2018. We had our own stand from which we marketed our degree programmes, staff publications, research and consultancy, and various events including our July summer school. Over 50 students helped out with the running of the Fair, both in the seminar rooms and at the special forums, including the Author HQ, Poets’ Corner, English PEN Literary Salon, and CrossMedia Theatre.
Each year students from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing visit the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, meeting professionals from a variety of publishing houses. This year we took 30 postgraduate students and they had appointments with Abrams Books, Bloomsbury, b small, the Felicity Bryan agency, Fourth Wall, Giunti, HarperCollins, Nosy Crow, Oxford University Press, Raintree, Salariya Book Company, Sweet Cherry Publishing, Thames & Hudson, and Usborne. Trends observed at the fair included interest in children's non-fiction and titles featuring strong girls.
The Association for Publishing Education (APE), Dissertation and Project Awards 2018 accepted admissions from all the universities that teach publishing in the UK. The winners were announced at the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards on Tuesday 10 April 2018 at Olympia.
Publishing students from Oxford Brookes, both postgraduate and undergraduate, won three out of the four available prizes, repeating the success in 2017 when three out of the four awards went to students from Oxford Brookes.
The 2018 Association for Publishing Education (APE) Dissertation and Project Prizes
Best MA Dissertation: Lucie DuCarre, Kingston University
Best BA Dissertation: Annabelle Rose, Oxford Brookes University
Best MA/BA Practical Project Prize: Freya Maenhout, Oxford Brookes University
Best Overall Project: Freya Maenhout, Oxford Brookes University
Sarah Franklin, Senior Lecturer at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, attended the 2017 Costa Book Awards on 30 January 2018, as part of the judging panel for the Costa Short Story Award, which was announced on the evening. The five short story award judges had selected a shortlist of three, which were posted to the Costa Book Award website along with audio versions of the stories. The general public then chose a winning story from the three entries. This year's winner was Luan Goldie for her story 'Two Steak Bakes and Two Chelsea Buns'. Luann's first novel is currently out on submission with publishers, so this was a very timely as well as richly deserved win.
The 15th international conference was held at Imperial College London on Friday 7 July 2017 (previously held at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies in 2005). The theme was 'The Publisher is Dead - Long Live the Publisher!' - what is the place of the publisher when platforms of production and distribution have become more widely accessible to both authors and readers? The plenary speaker was Angus Phillips from OICPS, who examined the role of the publisher against the background of moves towards open content and self-publishing.
Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, was a guest speaker at the seminar on ‘China Focus: Opportunities in Publishing and Collaboration with the UK’, held on Friday 12 May at the China Exchange in London. Organized by Cypress Books, the seminar gathered a range of speakers and scholars engaged in the publication and curation of Chinese books, in order to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and best practice within the industry.