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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
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.
Students from OICP visited the Bologna Children's Book Fair in the week of the 6 March 2023. La fiera del libro per ragazzi is the leading international fair for children's books. The students attended events and seminars and had a series of meetings with professionals, including OICP alumni, at their stands at the Fair. The companies represented included Abrams, Bloomsbury, Giunti, Hachette, HarperCollins, Nosy Crow, Oxford University Press, Sweet Cherry, and Usborne.
The 2022 British Book Design & Production Awards took place at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London on Wednesday 18 January.
There were 101 beautiful books on this year’s shortlist across 17 categories, with Kingsbury Press’s Where Excellence is Elevated: 50 Hudson Yards stealing the spotlight and taking trophies for overall Book of the Year as well as its own category, Best British Book. Kingsbury Press also won an award in the Photographic Books category with Ocean Photography Awards. Another special mention goes to the Folio Society who were winners in four different categories. Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing, presented the award for Educational Books to Nosy Crow for The Tree Book. The judging for the awards took place at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing ahead of the gala evening.
Students from OICP, both undergraduate and postgraduate, visited Google HQ in London on Friday 4 November 2022. The visit was hosted by the Head of UK Publishers for Google, David McMurtrie, who is also on our Journalism Advisory Board. From OICP Alexandra Shakespeare and Sarah Franklin led the field trip.
On Thursday 27 October 2022, Dr Jane Potter from OICP appeared on In Our Time, presented by Melvyn Bragg. The R4 programme discussed the celebrated British poet of World War One. Wilfred Owen (1893-1918). Owen had published only a handful of poems when he was killed a week before the end of the war, but in later decades he became seen as the essential British war poet. His works such as Anthem for Doomed Youth, Strange Meeting and Dulce et Decorum Est went on to be inseparable from the memory of the war and its futility. However, while Owen is best known for his poetry of the trenches, his letters offer a more nuanced insight into him such as his pride in being an officer in charge of others and in being a soldier who fought alongside his comrades.
On Wednesday 6 July the NCTJ held a reception at the Houses of Parliament to mark 70 years since its foundation. The Oxford International Centre for Publishing is one of its accredited centres for the teaching of journalism. Established in 1951 to run the newspaper industry’s trainee programme, the NCTJ now serves all media, providing a world-class education and training system that equips journalists with the cutting-edge skills and knowledge needed in the fast-changing multimedia industry.
We are delighted to publish the programme for By the Book7 - Publishing in the 21st Century, which is taking place in Paris on the 20th and 21st June 2022. The full conference programme is now available and we are delighted to welcome as keynote speakers Naomi Bacon and John Thompson. Naomi is Founder and Director of Tandem Collective; John is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge and author of the recently published Book Wars.
Visit the conference page for more details including the programme.
May 2022 saw the return of in-person graduation ceremonies and on Tuesday 17 May we were delighted to welcome back students from the class for 2018 to 2019. The sun shone and it was wonderful to see so many familiar faces back on campus.