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.
Sally Addison, MA Publishing Media student at OICP, has been awarded the 2017-18 Postgraduate Bursary by the Penguin Collectors Society. The award of £500 is to support her study entitled, 'The influences and impacts of the marketing behind Penguin books, from 1935 to the present day'. The Trustee Panel that judged submissions found her proposal 'pleasingly central to the history of Penguin with your research question and objectives comprehensive to the aim of the study'.
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