Past Events

Mon 28 February 2011 at 5.00 pm

The story behind the spread - Dorling Kindersley

Christine Keilty (Dorling Kindersley)

Taking Place: Headington Hill Hall, Oxford Brookes University

A DK spread is a visual feast of eye catching design and informative text. This talk will be an insight into how a spread is created from concept to printed book; Covering The Art Book, the development of its unique page design, the finer points of reproducing pieces of art, gaining permissions from an Artist estate and the surprise of finding out Van Gogh’s Sunflower’s true colours. Christine Keilty will also discuss digital publishing and how this is changing their approach to photo shoots which can now include video and commissioning illustration even in a 3D environment.

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Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Seminars

Wed 23 February 2011 at 11.00 am

The challenges of magazine publishing for the iPad

Neil Ayres (Digital Producer for Centaur Media)

Taking Place: Brookes Willow 10

Neil Ayres. is Digital Producer for Centaur Media's creative community titles, incorporating Creative Review and Design Week magazines, as well as several spin-off products.

The new Creative Review app will be one of the world's first magazine products to be truly iPad native. Oxford Brookes students have the opportunity of seeing the app in action before it's launch in March.

Type of Event: Publishing | Lunchtime Digital Seminars | Publishing Seminars

Thu 17 February 2011 at 5.30 pm

OPUS International Evening - Central and Eastern Europe

The Oxford Publishing Society heat up grey February, making Central and Eastern Europe their theme for the annual OPuS International Evening.

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Type of Event: Publishing | External Publishing Event

Wed 16 February 2011 at 11.00 am

Going Digital Gracefully

Alison Jones (Director of Digital Development Palgrave Macmillan)

Taking Place: Brookes, Tonge 620

What has to change for traditional publishers as they migrate to digital publishing? What stays the same? And can they make the transition without losing themselves in the process?

Type of Event: Publishing | Lunchtime Digital Seminars | Publishing Seminars

Mon 14 February 2011 at 4.30 pm

Richard Hart – Hart Publishing

Taking Place: BG10, Buckley Building Gypsy Lane Campus, Oxford Brookes University

Hart Publishing is an independent academic publisher based in Oxford specializing in legal books and journals. In his talk, Richard Hart will depict the role of independent academic publishers within the publishing industry and speak about how smaller academic publishers can indeed compete with large corporations and sometimes even do a better job than big businesses.

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Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Seminars

Mon 14 February 2011 to Mon 14 February 2011

ARP presents Brian Woolland & Bryan Robinson

Writer and Director Brian Woolland and Musician Bryan Robinson explore the process of writing, rehearsing and presenting the play Stand and Fall with a cast of inmates from Winchester Prison and Students from Winchester University.

Taking Place: Richard Hamilton Building RHB115

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Type of Event: Brookes University

Wed 9 February 2011 at 11.00 am

The ActiveTeach Product: - from strategy to creation

Marc Bloch (Head of Digital Publishing for Secondary Education, Pearson)

Taking Place: Brookes Tonge: Room T315

ActiveTeach was a landmark product for Pearson. The launch of ActiveTeach changed the entire market dynamic, making an equivalent digital component essential for any new course.

This product will be demonstrated during the talk, which will cover the development of the idea and the execution of the product creation.

Type of Event: Publishing | Lunchtime Digital Seminars | Publishing Seminars

Wed 24 November 2010 at 12.30 am

Publishing seminar - Toby Mundy

Independent trade publishing in the UK

Taking Place: Buckley Building, Gypsy Lane, Oxford Brookes University

Toby Mundy is a leading figure in the publishing industry.  After training as a graduate recruit at HarperCollins, where he was editorial assistant to Stuart Proffitt, and later took on responsibility for Fontana Press, he joined Weidenfeld & Nicolson as editorial director in 1998. In 2000 he became managing director and publisher of newly formed Atlantic Books, whose bestsellers include the Booker winning The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga, and recent titles such as The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas.

Atlantic Books is the British subsidiary of the American independent publishing house Grove/Atlantic. It was founded in February 2000 and published its first book in May 2001. It has since developed a list that has a world-wide reputation for quality, originality and breadth, and includes fiction, history, politics, memoir and current affairs.

Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Seminars

Wed 10 November 2010 at 12.30 am

Publishing seminar - John Thompson

John Thompson talking about his new book on trade publishing, Merchants of Culture

Taking Place: Headington Hill Hall, Oxford Brookes University

John Thompson is Professor of Sociology at Cambridge University and Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge. Recent publications include Books in the Digital Age (2005) and Merchants of Culture (2010).  He was awarded the European Amalfi Prize for Sociology and the Social Sciences in 2001 for his work on political scandal.

In his book Merchants of Culture he provides a fascinating account of the high-risk culture in consumer publishing on both sides of the Atlantic. Revealed is the world of agents and scouts, of auctions and deals, often with large sums of money paid out to authors, as publishers gamble in the hope of signing the next Harry Potter or Dan Brown.

Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Seminars

Fri 22 October 2010 at 1.00 am

Author Events at Blackwell Bookshop, Oxford

Autumn Events at Blackwell Bookshop, Oxford

Tickets are available from Blackwell Customer Service Department. Please telephone 01865 333623.

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Type of Event: External Publishing Event

Tue 19 October 2010 at 11.30 pm

Publishing seminar - Barbara Trapido

Oxford based novelist Barbara Trapido talks about her experiences as an author

Taking Place: Buckley Building, Gipsy Lane Campus, Oxford Brookes University

Barbara Trapido is an internationally successful author, renowned for her dark satirical comedies.  She has written a number of novels, including Brother of the More Famous Jack (1982), which won the Whitbread Special Prize for Fiction, Temples of Delight (1990), shortlisted for the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award, Juggling (1994), and Frankie & Stankie (2003). In its mix of people from different spheres, Sex and Stravinsky, published by Bloomsbury in May 2010, throws up the complexity, cruelty and richness of the global world while, as a sequence of personal stories, it comes together like a dance; a masquerade in which things are not always what they seem.

Born in South Africa and now Oxford based, she has a loyal and ever growing following of fans and is a popular and regular speaker at book events and festivals.

Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Seminars

Mon 20 September 2010 at 8.00 am

Digital Publishing Certificate: Survey

Want to enhance your knowledge of digital publishing and gain a professional qualification?

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (OICPS) is developing a Certificate in Digital Publishing; a course for publishing professionals with modules on Digital Media Publishing and E-publishing. Please help us tailor this to your needs and find out more by completing our short survey.

A donation will be made to Medecins sans Frontieres for each survey completed.

For more information, please contact Mary Malin at

Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Consultancy and Training

Sun 19 September 2010 to Tue 21 September 2010

An Oxford education: Short courses in Oxford for wine lovers and aspiring food writers

Taking Place: Hertford College, University of Oxford

Oxford Gastronomica, the UK’s only specialist centre for the study of food, drink and culture, is running two residential courses, in September 2010, in the beautiful and historic setting of Hertford College, University of Oxford.

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Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Consultancy and Training

Fri 16 July 2010 at 8.30 am

Onix Summer School

Join us for a day when we’ll demystify ONIX and show you how you can unleash its power. You’ll wonder how it ever seemed so daunting.

Taking Place: Tonge IT Suite, Oxford Brookes University

9.30am - 5pm

Audience: No previous knowledge required, but an interest in streamlining the use of bibliographic data is necessary

Price:  £295 per delegate

(Price includes a memory stick containing a full single user licence of the Onix Central Publishing Manager worth £315 and all tools necessary to create catalogues and AIs from ONIX worth £1250. Discounts on data migration available for delegates.)

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Type of Event: Publishing | External Publishing Event

Mon 17 May 2010 at 12.00 pm

Florence summer school

Taking Place: Villa Finaly, Firenze, 17 to 28 May 2010

Postgraduate publishing students from Oxford Brookes will be taking part in a two-week summer school in Florence, Italy. Working on projects around the overall subject of children's publishing, they will study alongside students from partner universities in Paris, Milan, Leipzig and Ljubljana. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a European context with lectures and seminars on a variety of topics, including authorship, illustration, bookshops, comics and the digital future.

Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Seminars

Tue 27 April 2010 at 5.30 pm

Career Progression in Publishing: OPuS Event

Drinks: 18.30  

Talk Starts: 19.30

Taking Place: Oxford Brookes University (Gypsy Lane Campus)

Refreshments will be served in the Lloyd Board Room and the talks will be in the Lloyd Lecture Theatre

Sign up today! Speakers:

  • Jamie McOuat, Rights Focus Ltd
  • Claudia Filsinger, Consultant
  • Graham Hobbs, STM publishing

Whether you move ahead in your career via knockout scores in psychometric tests, networking skills, insider dealing, or hard graft, you need to make sure you are well prepared to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. Come and hear from people who know how to do it - it's a panel session with brief talks from our three speakers, followed by a longer-than-usual Q & A session with you, the audience.

Type of Event: Publishing | External Publishing Event

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