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Working in Publishing 2015

This year's Working in Publishing day (Monday 9 March 2015) was another exciting event - our annual day of advice and networking with industry professionals, available to our final-year undergraduate and postgraduate students. The speed-dating session in the afternoon featured over 30 companies and organizations, including Bloomsbury, Dazed and Confused, Dorling Kindersley, Ebury, Guardian Books, HarperCollins, Hearst Magazines, Little, Brown, Orion, Oxfam, Oxford University Press, Pearson, Penguin, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley.

The keynote speaker was David Shelley, the forthcoming CEO of Little, Brown. He has worked with many big name authors, including Mitch Albom,  Mark Billingham, JK Rowling and Val McDermid.

A gallery of Images is available here.

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OICPS at London Book Fair

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies will be exhibiting again at the London Book Fair, 14 to 16 April. Do come and see us at stand 3D85 to talk to us about our consultancy and training work, including our international summer school in July, or about our renowned degree programmes in publishing. Staff and students from the Centre will be around over the three days of the Fair.

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The Student Guide to Oxford

Now published, the first edition of this new guide to Oxford was written, designed and edited as part of the undergraduate Publishing programme at Oxford Brookes. Aimed at students at both universities, the guide contains information on the key tourist attractions, practical advice on shopping and accommodation, and an international perspective on living and studying in the city.

However you wish to discover Oxford, this guidebook will show the best of the 'city of dreaming spires'.

The book is available from Blackwells

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Bookseller article on Macmillan and Springer merger

The Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, Angus Phillips, was interviewed for an article in The Bookseller on the merger between Macmillan and Springer.

‘The merger makes sense,’ said Angus Phillips, director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University. ‘It creates a diverse portfolio: Macmillan has the international schools business and Palgrave, which broadens Springer more generally. Springer has a big range of journals, and adding a heavy-hitting brand like Nature in there will be good for an IPO. If the future is about not just content but solutions, a larger company can invest in that and make a stronger offer to professionals.’

The Bookseller, 23 January 2015

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Unbound launches crowdfunded app

The award-winning crowdfunding publisher Unbound has launched its first foray beyond the world of books by launching a programme to fund the development of an iOS and Android app.

http://unbound.co.uk/books/reptile-resistance

The project was launched on the site by C. M. Taylor - the pen-name of OICPS associate staff member Craig Taylor - and by John Crump. It uses written text, game play and video to tell its satirical tale. Neither book, computer game, nor film, but something between all three, Reptile Resistance is, according to its author/developers: ‘an experiment in narrative art.’

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British Book Design and Production Awards 2014

The British Book Design and Production Awards were held on 20 November 2014 at a glittering event in central London at The Grange St Paul's Hotel. The guest speaker for the evening was John Lloyd, the man behind some of the most successful and well-loved TV and radio shows of the last three decades.

Lloyd is the television producer responsible for, among other shows, To the Manor Born, The News Quiz, Not the Nine O’Clock News, Spitting Image, Blackadder and QI. He has also written or co-authored over 30 books, and is the driving force behind developing a new concept of education based on QI.

The evening celebrated everything that is great in British book design and with a record number of books entered, the judging process was harder than ever.

The awards are organized by the British Printing Industries Federation in association with Oxford Brookes University and the Publishers Association.

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Children’s Publishing students visit Barefoot Books in Oxford

The colourful book shop, cafe and offices for children's publisher Barefoot Books entertained students on the MA publishing programme recently. Tessa Strickland explained the development of this international (offices in US) company which grew from her friendship with Nancy Traversy. Good stories are at the heart of their publishing ethos which includes an innovative sales force called Ambassadors whose personal networks promote the products and sell the books. Anyone interested in children's books should experience the shop and cafe, parents with small children will enjoy the craft actives. The building is sparkling presence on the Summertown retail high street at this time of year.

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Speakers for the 2015 Summer School announced!

We are delighted to announce the line up for the 3rd Publishing Summer School, which will take place at Oxford Brookes University from 6th-17th July 2015.

Speakers include:

  • David Attwooll, MD of Attwooll Associates
  • Emma Barnes, MD of Snowbooks
  • Jonathan Glasspool, MD Bloomsbury Academic and Professional
  • Juliet Mabey, MD Oneworld Publications
  • C M Taylor, Author, ghostwriter and app maker
  • Richard Mollet, CEO of The Publishers Association
  • and a host of other top industry speakers.

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Become a Creative Entrepreneur - Date Change!

For various reasons we have had to change the date of the Creative Entrepreneurship course, currently scheduled to run in November. It will now take place from 14-16 January - all other details remain exactly the same.  We're very sorry about this, but now there's more time to join the course if you are interested.

Delegates on the course in January gave it rave reviews, such as "fantastic..one of the best I've ever been on" and "I cannot recommend it highly enough".  If you're willing to open your minds to new ideas, and to discover through exciting lectures and group work how you can develop your creative, digital and entrepreneurial skills so you can take your job to the next level, then this is the course for you!

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Jane Potter on Woman’s Hour

On Friday 19 September 2014, Jane Potter, Senior Lecturer in Publishing, appeared on Woman's Hour to talk about women poets in the First World War. She was interviewed by Jenni Murray and they discussed poetry and the sense of loss felt by women at home. Margaret Postgate Cole, Mary Borden, and Jessie Pope were amongst the poets highlighted, and their poems ‘The Falling Leaves’, ‘The Song of the Mud’, and ‘The Call’ were read.

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