In 2012 Costa launched the Costa Short Story Award, given to a single story. The public votes for the winner from six shortlisted stories selected by the five judges. For the 2015 competition one of the judges is Sarah Franklin.
Sarah (@sarahefranklin) read Modern and Medieval Languages at the University of Cambridge. She is the founder and host of popular Oxford literary night Short Stories Aloud and a Senior Lecturer at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.
Sarah's features, book reviews and columns have appeared in The Guardian, the Seattle Times, Psychologies magazine and the Sunday Express amongst others and she was a 2014/15 Jerwood/Arvon Foundation novel mentee. Her creative non-fiction has been published in anthologies in the USA and appeared on NPR affiliates there.
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The brochure is now available and bookings are being taken for the fourth Publishing Summer School in July 2016. This popular course attracts publishers from around the world who want to both learn and engage in discussions about the latest developments in our industry.
The all-inclusive price is being held at under £3,000 for a final year, but spaces are limited, so please reserve your place as soon as possible.
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The recent publication of the 2015 National Student Survey highlights the excellent standard of the publishing programmes at Oxford Brookes. The overall satisfaction figure for Publishing was 95 per cent. The figure for the quality of the teaching was 94 per cent satisfaction: 100 per cent of students said that the staff are enthusiastic; 95 per cent said that staff make the subject interesting.
The 2016 university league table from the Guardian ranks Publishing at Oxford Brookes at number two out of 57 universities in the category Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations.
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Publishers Association Market Report China, 2015 is the most comprehensive and current review, in English, of book and journal publishing, physical and digital, in the world's second largest publishing market. It sets book publishing in its political, economic, social and technological contexts, recording the surge in consumerism and market-led structures, alongside a possible faltering of the economy and a tightening of ideological controls. Based on the latest available commercial and official data backed by critical analysis, it is written by Professor Paul Richardson, formerly Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, and Chu Xiaoying, who holds an MA in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University and is now a senior manager at Charlesworth Group, Beijing, a leading company in the origination and dissemination of international and Chinese scholarly journals.
The report is available from the Publishers Association.
The 2015 International Publishing Summer School finished in the glorious grounds of Headington Hill Hall on a sunny July day. Delegates came from around the world - China, India, Nigeria, Korea, France, Australia, and the USA - for two packed weeks that included lectures and seminars from staff at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, and invited speakers from industry. Speakers included:
- Richard Mollett, CEO of the Publishers Association
- Philip Jones, Editor of The Bookseller
- Emma Barnes, Managing Director of Snowbooks and Bibliocloud
- Felicity Bryan, Chair of the Felicity Bryan Literary Agency
- and the managing directors of various publishing companies including Jonathan Glasspool from Bloomsbury Academic and Professional, Sinead Moloney of Hart Publishing, and Juliet Mabey of Oneworld Publications.
The recently published (May 2015) university league table from the Guardian ranks Publishing at Oxford Brookes at number two out of 57 universities in the category Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations. This repeats the success from 2014, when Publishing was ranked at number two out of 58 universities in the same category.
Students and staff from the Centre (OICPS) were busy throughout the London Book Fair, held at Olympia from the 14th to 16th April 2015.
We had our own stand from which we marketed our degree programmes, staff publications, research and consultancy, the June conference of the Oxfordshire Publishing Group, and our July summer school. Over 40 students helped out with the running of the Fair, including manning the seminar rooms and the Author’s Hub; and two students helped on the Frankfurt Book Fair stand.
On the Thursday afternoon Angus Phillips participated in a seminar, ‘Fusion Skills for a Future in Publishing’, on how the fusion of creative, technical and entrepreneurial skills is key to the continued success of UK publishing and the wider creative industries.
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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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. …
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.