Members of the print, publishing, and book production industries gathered at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London, on 24 January 2024, for a celebration of storytelling. Hosted by Anita Mangan, the graphic designer and book illustrator, the 2023 awards showcased the best talent in British book production across 18 categories celebrating everything from cover design to sustainability. The grand prize of Book of the Year went to Hurtwood for Out in the Cold, a stunning two-volume book showcasing Danie Ferreira's photography, beautifully presented in a screen-printed box.
The Awards are organized in association with the Oxford International Centre for Publishing, and Angus Phillips, Director of the Centre, presented the prize for the best Educational Book to Sensing Place for My Adventure with Alice.
We are happy to announce that Dr Miriam Johnson is now leading the Oxford Brookes Creative Industries Research Network (CIRIN).
Dr Johnson is a senior lecturer in media, journalism, and publishing at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing. Her research focuses on the intersection of technologies, performance, and the creative industries; alongside aspects of marketing including social media marketing and branding.
We are delighted to announce that By the Book9 will take place from 26 to 28 June 2024 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
By the Book9
26 to 28 June 2024
University of Ljubljana
There is an online submission form for the receipt of paper abstracts.
Visit the conference page here for more details including the call for papers.
In September 2023 Margaret Busby was awarded an honorary degree by Oxford Brookes University. A much respected cultural figure internationally, she is a pioneer in the world of book publishing. Born in Ghana, she graduated from Bedford College, London University, before becoming Britain’s then youngest and first black woman publisher when she co-founded Allison & Busby in the late 1960s. She published many notable authors including Rosa Guy, C. L. R. James, Michael Moorcock and Jill Murphy.
A long-time campaigner for diversity in publishing, Margaret is the current president of English Pen and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her honours include the Royal Society of Literature’s Benson Medal, the Royal African Society’s inaugural Africa Writes Lifetime Achievement Award, and the London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award. She has been awarded the CBE for services to publishing.
The publication of the 2024 Guardian University Guide reveals the high standing of the programmes from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing. Oxford Brookes is ranked at number one out of 42 universities in the league table for Journalism.
Each year the Printing Charity announces a set of grants to help young people shine in their careers. Amongst the winners in the 2023 Rising Star Awards are two alumni of the Publishing Master’s at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing, Giulia Maggiori and Rachael Wass. They both work at Oxford University Press, where Giulia is a Senior Journal Manager and Rachael is an Editorial Assistant. The award winners each receive grants of up to £1,500 for training and development. You can read more about the awards here
This is exciting opportunity to come and work at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing, delivering courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels to a highly international class of students. Ranked second in the 2023 Guardian league table for Journalism, and NCTJ-accredited, the Centre has an excellent reputation. We are looking for a full-time lecturer in journalism to co-ordinate the team delivering our Master’s in Journalism, as well as a part-time journalism lecturer. These posts would suit academics working in the field of journalism or a professional who would like to move into teaching and research.
Or go to www.brookes.ac.uk/working-for-brookes/job-vacancies and search 'journalism'.
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It was a busy time at the London Book Fair (18 to 20 April 2023), where OICP had a stand. Visitors included industry contacts, our alumni working in the industry, and the many friends of the Centre. Our students helped with the running of the Fair, working at the various events and seminars. We had our usual stand party, and the cake this year celebrated the publication of A History of World War One Poetry, edited by Dr Jane Potter.
OICP participated in two events at the Festival in March 2023. Firstly the writer Rebecca Kuang, author of the Poppy War trilogy, was interviewed by Angus Phillips. She talked about the themes behind her recent book Babel, a dark academia novel set in Victorian Oxford. She also gave a taste of what readers will find in her new crime thriller, Yellowface, set in the world of New York publishing. Rebecca is now pursuing a PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale.
In a second event Angus Phillips chaired the session Literary Cats, highlighting the recently published book of that name. A must for all cat-lovers, the volume celebrates the inspirational connections between our favourite feline friends and the literary imagination. The authors, Judith Robinson and Scott Pack, gave the audience an entertaining tour around the world in 10 cats. Judith is a Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University’s Business School and a PhD candidate at Humboldt University, Berlin. Scott is a writer, editor and publisher; and an Associate Lecturer in Publishing at OICP.