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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.
C. M. Taylor is an associate lecturer at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing. His new novel, Staying On, was published by Duckworth on 18th October 2018. Set amongst the Brexit-plagued British expats on the Costa Blanca, the book is a tragi-comic geriatric coming-of-age story and a deep, loving portrait of the English working class.
The process of writing the novel was documented by the digital curation team at the British Library, who installed software on Craig's computer to record every single keystroke during the writing process. More about this process can be found here
On 15 August, Beverley Tarquini, Senior Publishing lecturer, Byron Russell, Head of Ingenta Connect and Xiaochen Zhang, Deputy Director of the Confucius Institute at Oxford Brookes University chaperoned 17 publishing students for a two week summer camp and visit to Beijing International Book Fair. Our partners at Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP) welcomed the group of undergraduate and post-graduate students and arranged a variety of cultural and industry visits.
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The Bookseller published this week the 2018 list of the Rising Stars of the UK book trade. The talented individuals are given as examples of the industry’s next generation of leaders. Included in the list are two OICP alumni: Sarah Davis-Goff of Tramp Press and Sam Hutchinson of b small.
Sarah graduated from the MA Publishing in 2008, and set up Tramp Press with Lisa Coen in 2014. They had a book longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize - Solar Bones by Mick McCormack, which went on to win this year’s Dublin International Literary Award. Sam graduated from the Master's in 2007; in 2018 he was also given the award of Young Publisher of the Year by the Independent Publishers Guild.
The Oxford Times interviewed Sarah Franklin on the publication of the paperback of her novel Shelter: 'the captivating and heartlifting story of two lost souls who meet in the forest [of Dean]. One is Connie, who has left her bombed-out home in Coventry to join the Women’s Timber Corps. The other is Seppe, an Italian prisoner-of-war – a pacifist who enlisted to escape his abusive father, and who now finds himself bullied by a Fascist co-prisoner.'
Melissa Eveleigh graduated in June 2018 from Oxford Brookes University with a BA in Publishing Media. She has bought the publisher March Hamilton Media and intends to expand its operations in the area of children's publishing.
As reported in the Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News, she 'has moved its office from Taunton to Street. She said: “I want to give authors the chance to be part of the publishing world without having to tackle the hurdles of getting noticed by big London publishers. It’s really important for me to do this in Somerset – it gave me so much when I was growing up.
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The publication of the 2019 Guardian University Guide reveals the high standing of the publishing programmes from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing. Publishing at Oxford Brookes is ranked at number two out of 61 universities in the category Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations - the top-rated Publishing programme in the country.
MA students pitched their ideas for new digital products for the education market, complete with working prototypes, in the final week of the Digital Publishing Strategy module. Judges from Pearson Education, Sze-Kie Ho and Alistair Nunn, commended all the students on their innovative ideas, impressive team presentations and detailed thought processes.
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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.