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Oxford Brookes Student Sarah Wild Wins Best Undergraduate Dissertation Prize

Sarah Wild from Oxford Brookes University has been awarded the prize for the Best Undergraduate Dissertation by the Association of Publishing Education. She was presented with the prize at a prestigious awards ceremony at London Book Fair on Tuesday 14th April.   

Her dissertation is entitled 'A Life Beyond the Garden Gate: Beatrix Potter’s Road to Success'.  This interdisciplinary dissertation in History of Art and Publishing analyses Beatrix Potter’s career and achievements as an artist and as a published author, questioning the reasons why she has been relegated to a subordinate position in the cultural field.  The study examines Potter’s publishing experience and business acumen, and considers her achievements in the context of the literary and art establishments and the publishing industry at the turn of the century.

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OICPS at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2015

In April 2015 eighteen students from the Master’s in Publishing programmes visited the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. They had appointments with publishers at the Fair and were able to enjoy the atmosphere of the pre-eminent rights fair in children’s publishing.

Kelsi Farrington writes about her experience of presenting her project proposal at the Digital Café:

‘On Wednesday the 1st of April, at this year's Bologna Children's Book Fair, I presented my Major Project proposal in front of a larger-than-anticipated crowd at the Digital Café - an experience I won't forget any time soon. My idea, to create a collection of fact-based, illustrated ebooks for children in developing countries, was inspired by my 5-month internship at Oxfam International, publishing Open Access research papers from global affiliates, and the combination of my chosen modules at Brookes: Children's Publishing, International Publishing Management and Digital Publishing Strategy. …

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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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