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On 14th June 2016, The Oxfordshire Publishing Group held its second Summer Conference. The Conference opened with Nigel Newton, Founder and CEO of Bloomsbury Publishing talking about how the company had so successfully made the move from trade to academic publisher. Through a mixture of organic growth and acquisition Bloomsbury has managed to face the challenges of integrating different cultures and is now widely regarded as one of the most successful publishing companies in the UK.
The conference Between Paper and Pixels took place at Aarhus University on 19 and 20 May, organized by the Centre for Literature between Media.
The conference discussed how the literary field is in a state of transition. Radical developments in the media ecology throughout the last decades (not least the digital revolution) have resulted in new possibilities and challenges for authors, readers and publishers. Through centuries, literature’s status as a written and book-based art form has been taken for granted, but the emergence of new media has severed the natural bond between literature, writing and books. Amongst the keynote speakers was Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, whose paper was entitled 'What now for the book?'
Students and staff from the Centre (OICPS) were busy throughout the London Book Fair, held at Olympia from the 12th to 14th April 2016. 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 HQ; and two students helped on the Frankfurt Book Fair stand. On the Tuesday morning Angus Phillips chaired a seminar, ‘The wisdom of crowds – crowdfunding and crowdsourcing’, on how authors and publishers are taking advantage of this phenomenon to source both content and funding.
At our stand reception on the Wednesday evening, attended by over 100 people, we met up with friends of the Centre and alumni working at the fair. Pictures of the party cake, which had a design celebrating the new Confucius Institute at Brookes, were tweeted round the fair before it was eaten by the guests.
Open Book on BBC Radio 4 this week examined self-publishing, with Mariella Frostrup interviewing bestselling author Rachel Abbott and Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies. They talked about the routes to self-publishing including ebooks and crowdfunding.
The programme was first broadcast on Sunday 17 April and is available to listen again: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0773ldz
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Bloomsbury Academic & Professional Division is pleased to announce that they will be offering an Oxford Brookes Publishing graduate a 12 month paid placement in their Editorial and Digital departments. It is expected that the successful candidate will move into a full-time role within the division thereafter. Starting early September 2016, the role will involve assisting the Humanities Editorial teams on the Philosophy, Linguistics, Classics and Religious Studies lists for the first six months. The final six months will be based with the Digital Publishing team, working with them on the development of a new digital product. This is a valuable opportunity to learn about the workings of a busy Editorial department, acquire relevant skills first hand and gain experience in digital publishing.
This offer will also be available to students graduating in 2017.
Under the leadership of Leander Reeves and Jane Potter, undergraduates from Publishing visited fellow students at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) in March. Highlights of the visit included joint project work and a visit to the Centraal Boekhuis, the distribution centre for books in the Netherlands.
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The MA Editorial group presentations have taken place.
Students were asked to propose the commissioning of a new title for an existing publisher, and an entertaining and informative afternoon was had by all, with the standard of presentations high.
The winning group proposed a new title for Bloomsbury Children's Publishers, entitled The Big Brains Club: Great Greek Philosophers and received book tokens from Palgrave Macmillan Publishers, who sponsored the prize.
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Students on the MA programmes in Publishing Media and Digital Publishing and third year undergraduate students in Publishing participated in our annual all day event that helps them make direct, individual and personal links with people already working in the publishing industry.
This involves many companies visiting our campus to meet up with students in a 'speed dating' event which follows sessions on identifying your unique selling points, tailoring your cv to job specifications to hone your application -- all skills that are relevant to getting a job in publishing anywhere in the world.
Students make personal links with people in the visiting companies which include agents, designers, trade and academic publishers, journals publishers, and recruitment agencies.
The 2016 event took place in the 'Terrace' space at Oxford Brookes University and was well attended by over 50 companies. Please expore the photos from the event.
Towards the end of the day, the students heard an inspirational talk from Jamie Byng, MD of Canongate Books.
See this blog article by Samantha Jacquest, an MA Publishing student.
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We are delighted to announce a new scholarship for MA students studying publishing at Oxford Brookes University. Wiley is offering a fee-waiver bursary of £1,000 to a full-time or part-time student at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies on the MA in Publishing or MA in Digital Publishing. The student will also receive the guarantee of a work placement for a minimum of three weeks at Wiley in Oxford. The scholarship is for entry in September 2016.
The online shop is now open to take bookings for the Summer Conference on 14th June at St Catherine's College Oxford.
Come and here out stunning line-up of keynote speakers: Gail Rebuck in conversation with Mariella Frostrup, Joanne Harris, Nigel Newton, and Richard Ovenden and take part in breakout sessions on an exciting range of topical subjects.
No matter what publishing company you are from, large or small, academic or trade, there is something for every publisher at this event.
Come and join us at see why Michael Bhaskar said 'The OPG Summer Conference is one of the best in the world'.
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