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.
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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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.
- 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.
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!
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.
Dr Haseeb Md Irfanullah was unlike many of the participants in the 2014 International Publishing Summer School. Although he is the editor of an academic journal, publishing has little apparent connection with his main job in Practical Action (an NGO). Yet Haseeb has realised that this is not quite true and he has, in fact, benefitted a great deal from what he learned during his two weeks in Oxford.
Read Haseeb's blog to see how he has been able to apply three key things from the Summer School to his work at Practical Action.
The Oxfordshire Publishing Group (OPG) has recently been awarded a £150,000 grant by Creative Skillset to develop training courses for publishers in the region over the next two years.
The bid was won by the Oxfordshire Publishing Cluster Group, an informal group of senior local publishers who have been meeting over the last two years to discuss areas of common interest and to engage more closely with the local councils and the Local Enterprise Partnership. The group has been coordinated by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (OICPS). The grant is being held by OICPS on behalf of the Group and the running and administration of the work will be done by the Centre.
The OPG bid was part of a larger bid made by Creative Skillset on behalf of over 500 creative industry employers and partners in such fields as film, TV, animation, games, VFX, publishing, digital media, and fashion and textile. The total amount of money co-invested by government is £20 million and this is matched by £17 million industry contributions from the largest ever partnership of creative companies in the UK. The launch, on 14th July, took place at Channel 4’s headquarters in London, with speakers including David Abraham, Chief Executive of Channel 4, Ed Vaizey, MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport, Matthew Hancock MP, and Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership and Chair UKCES.
The 2nd International Publishing Summer School took place from 7-18 July 2014 at Oxford Brookes University. Delegates from a range of publishing backgrounds came from countries around the world, including China, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Italy, Thailand, Estonia and Russia. We were lucky to be able to use two venues for the Summer School - the beautiful and characterful Headington Hill Hall and the brand newly-opened John Henry Brookes Building.
The Summer School covered all the latest issues and developments in the world of publishing focusing, of course, on digital trends. It opened with an overview of trends and internationalisation in UK publishing by Liz Thomson, Publisher at Bookbrunch, before a talk by Angus Phillips, Head of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies on what we can learn from digital trends in other media industries, On the second day, David Attwooll, MD of Attwooll Associates, talked through the issues surrounding digital right management, and there were sessions on rights and international book fairs, and on business models, digital products and formats, and publishing standards. The week continued with Emma Barnes, MD of Snowbooks. covering the importance of metadata, and further digital sessions on content management, digital workflow and XML, and Philip Shaw, Associate at Bertoli Mitchell, giving a session on publishing finance.
The new edition of Inside Book Publishing by Giles Clark and Angus Phillips was launched in July 2014 at a party in Blackwell's bookshop in Broad Street, Oxford. The party took place in the Norrington Room, one of the largest and most famous bookselling rooms in the world.
Now in its fifth edition, Inside Book Publishing (Routledge) remains the classic introduction to the book publishing industry, being both a manual for the profession for over two decades and the bestselling textbook for students of publishing.
MA Publishing students demonstrated their creativity and innovation to win prizes offered by Pearson Education. Proposals for new digital products for the education market, complete with working prototypes, were presented as part of the Digital Publishing Strategy module in the second semester.
The first prize of £400 was awarded to Yara Alkhamis, Ionie Ince, Julie Wellan and Emily Wells for Virtual Lab! School students are able to conduct science experiments in an online virtual laboratory. A global market need was identified for this product and the imaginative approach and enthusiastic presentation were commended.
The second prize of £200 went to Nicole Flewellen, Virginie Garrett, Paul Peet and Marine Vauchere for Total Film. These students were commended for their detailed understanding of the needs of Film Studies GCSE and A Level pupils. They had thought laterally to propose cost-effective solutions to what content is required for this media-rich subject.
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