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Bologna Book Fair

Jill Bentley, an MA in Publishing student, writes about the course trip to the children’s book fair in Bologna (March 2012).

At the start of the Publishing MA, I considered all the book fairs and decided that, as I had little interest in Children's publishing, I would attend Frankfurt and London but give Bologna a miss.

I'm so glad I changed my mind! Bologna was a wonderful experience, particularly as my interest in rights had developed over the course of the MA. Bologna is ideal for learning more about how rights are negotiated and sold - I actually found it easier to chat to people and network, as although everyone is still incredibly busy, there seems to be a slightly more relaxed atmosphere than Frankfurt.

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Working in Publishing Day 2012

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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New publishing scholarship announced from Osprey Group

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.’

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Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10 May 2012 around 10am

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Oxford launches bid to become World Book Capital in 2014

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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London Book Fair 2012

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.

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Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02 May 2012 around 9am

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International Publisher Training Programme at Oxford Brookes

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.

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2nd UK China Publishing Forum

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.

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Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 25 Apr 2012 around 8pm

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Publishing student wins runner-up prize in Business Plan competition

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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London Book Fair - 16-18 April 2012 - Earl’s Court

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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Internships at ILO in Geneva

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:

Jenny Peebles and Jorinde Singh

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 29 Mar 2012 around 5pm

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