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
The Independent Publishers Guild has announced the winners of the 2018 IPG Independent Publishing Awards. Sam Hutchinson of b small publishing was named IPG Young Independent Publisher of the Year. 'Like a true independent publisher, he does it all', the judges said. Sam graduated from Oxford Brookes with an MA in Publishing in 2007.
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 British Book Design and Production Awards took place on Thursday 16 November 2017 at the Millenium Hotel in Mayfair, Central London.
The evening was hosted by guest presenter, Jenny Eclair, the first ever woman to win the Perrier Award for comedy at the 1995 Edinburgh Festival and who is well known for TV appearances on Loose Women, QI, I’m a Celebrity and Grumpy Old Women, as well as for her accomplished novels and writings.
Filed Under Publishing
The recent publication of the 2017 National Student Survey highlights the excellent standard of the publishing programmes at Oxford Brookes. The overall satisfaction figure was 100 per cent, with 100 per cent saying that the staff are good at explaining things to their students; 98 per cent thought that the staff have made the subject interesting; 98 per cent thought that the course is intellectually stimulating; and 99 per cent thought the course is well organized and running smoothly.
Have we passed peak book? The uncoupling of book sales from economic growth
Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies has published this new article in Publishing Research Quarterly - you can view the article here
The paper uses time series data on UK book sales to establish what correlation exists between the national income of a country and its sales of books. This is tested by comparing series data in real terms for GDP per capita and for various data series for the UK market, including sales invoiced by publishers and point of sale data on consumer purchasing.
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.