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MA Publishing student Zoe Carroll writes about her experience at the Working in Publishing Day at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies
On the morning of our Working in Publishing Day we arrived eager with anticipation and slightly nervous, crowding around the final list of appointments to double check our timetables. The process of signing up for the day had been hotly disputed the previous week, as our student representatives worked hard to ensure everyone would have a fair chance of getting the appointments they wanted. But with 35 industry representatives to choose from there was no shortage of choice or opportunity. I had greedily signed up for the maximum number of sessions, excited by the big names like Penguin, Bloomsbury, Faber and Faber and OUP. Of course, there were also a wealth of smaller publishers, like BrainPop, as well as literary agents and recruitment agencies, who were all well worth a look.
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Osprey Group and the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies are delighted to announce a new publishing scholarship for September 2012.
Osprey Group is offering a scholarship of £1,000 to a student taking an MA in Publishing at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University. It will be awarded to a candidate who has a particular interest in specialist niche or genre publishing. The student will also receive the guarantee of a work placement for a minimum of three weeks at the Osprey Group.
Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University, said: ‘We are delighted to announce this new scholarship from Osprey. The award will be of great benefit to a student, and they will be very pleased to have the opportunity to do a placement at such an exciting and innovative publisher.’
Rebecca Smart, CEO of Osprey Group, commented: ‘Over the years we have recruited many excellent people from Oxford Brookes, so we are very pleased to support a student there each year.’
Oxford has now formally launched its bid to become World Book Capital in 2014. The title is an annual award granted by UNESCO which acknowledges the best year-long programme proposed by a city to promote books and foster reading.
Oxford has unparalleled resources and a world-renowned economy in place to support a programme of this kind. There are probably more major culturally diverse authors based in or around Oxford than in any comparable city in the world. You can read a summary of the city’s bid in the attached document.
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Students and staff from the Centre were busy throughout the London Book Fair, held at Earls Court in April 2012. As in previous years, we had our own stand from which we marketed our degree programmes and consultancy. Students helped out with the running of the Fair, including manning the seminar rooms. They also distributed leaflets about the Centre and Oxford’s bid to become World Book Capital in 2014. We ran three well-attended seminars on social media, children’s publishing, and the greening of books. At our reception on the Tuesday afternoon, attended by over 100 people, we marked the forthcoming publication of Adrian Bullock’s Book Production (Routledge) with a cake in his honour.
In April 2012 OICPS ran a two-day International Publisher Training Programme at Oxford Brookes University. Delegates on the course came from all over the world – from Syria, the UAE, Brazil, Russia, India, Turkey, and the UK. Amongst the delegates were a group of International Young Publishing Entrepreneur competition winners, an event sponsored by the British Council. Their prize was to come to the UK for a week of activities, including attending the training course at OICPS, and to go to the London Book Fair the following week.
The second UK China Publishing Forum was held on Friday 13 April at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, Oxford Brookes University. The event was an opportunity to hear from both UK and Chinese experts about the relationship between the two publishing industries. There were sessions on co-publishing ventures, the development of the copyright trade, and digital publishing in China. A panel session discussed the cultural deficit between the two countries, and the implications for the translation of Chinese works including contemporary literature. It is hoped that some articles based on the conference will be published in the journal Logos.
Ting Ting Wang, a student on the MA in Digital Publishing, has won the runner-up prize in a university competition for her business plan to create a new online platform for self-publishing. The proposal will put authors together with readers, enabling authors to share their stories and gain support from readers through a crowdfunding model. The judges based their decision on the originality of the idea and her overall vision; the analysis of the market and competition; the operational, delivery and management plans; and the projected financial performance. Congratulation to Ting Ting and it is hoped that the plan will find a backer to take the project forward.
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As usual, we'll have a stand at the Book Fair - O560 - so do come by and say hallo. After the success of previous years, the London Book Fair organisers have yet again asked for some of our students to act as volunteer helpers at the Fair, working with them to ensure the seminars run smoothly. The students work hard, but get a wonderful opportunity to meet authors, publishers and others in the business who often prove to be excellent contacts in the future.
Staff from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies will also be running seminars at the Fair. Further details are availble here.
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Each year two students from the MA in Publishing programme have the opportunity to do internships at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva. Two students, Jenny Peebles and Jorinde Singh, write about their experiences as interns over six months during 2011-12.
You can read about their experiences here:
Friday 13 April, Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies
This is the second forum in association with Peking University and the Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication. The first was held in August 2011 in Beijing. The aim is to continue the agenda around the copyright trade between the two countries and broaden out the discussion to cover recent developments in publishing as well as cultural relations. You can download the full programme from here; speakers include:
Stephen Bourne, Chief Executive, Cambridge University Press; Professor Xiao Dongfa, Peking University; Lynette Owen, Copyright Director, Pearson Education; Professor Paul Richardson; Susanna Nicklin, Director Literature, British Council; Professor Zhiqiang Zhang, Nanjing University
Publishing professionals, academics, and students interested in the forum are welcome to attend. To book a place, please email Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies: