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.
Programmes from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing score consistently high in the national league tables. In the 2023 Guardian University Guide we are ranked second in the table for Journalism. This follows a ranking of first in the 2020 Guide in the category Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations.
The Printing Charity has awards each year for talented and ambitious young people, named as Rising Stars. The awards were celebrated at an evening reception at the House of Lords on 7th July 2022, hosted by Lord Black of Brentwood, who commented that ‘the talent is as bright and shining as ever’. The funding supports personal skills development and we are delighted that two OICP graduates received awards: Daniela Ferrante and Verity Stuart. Daniela works at Fairlight Books in Oxford, where she leads their marketing, social, and digital campaigns. Now in an editorial role at Wiley Blackwell, Verity is working hard towards becoming a commissioning editor, having grown her managerial and editorial skills.
You can find out more about the Rising Stars Awards here
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.
Now published by Cambridge University Press, the new volume by OICP Director Angus Phillips and Miha Kovač offers a fresh and lively discussion of the form and purpose of the book.
'The 21st century has been a time of huge change for the book, but it has left us with more questions than answers. However in this thought-provoking and informative monograph, Phillips and Kovač uncover what makes the book tick, both today but also over the deep expanse of reading history. They uncover the big questions around the book, whilst offering original answers to what, in an age of transformation, is so significant about this slippery but essential form. Is this a book? is the best single volume on the book there is.' Michael Bhaskar, Co-Founder of Canelo and author of The Content Machine
We are sad to share the news of the death of Chris Fowler (1956 – 2022) from the Library at Oxford Brookes.
Over the years Chris helped numerous staff and students in Publishing, offering invaluable advice and assistance whether around research skills or the relevant books and resources available in the library. She loved the special collections and we are fortunate to have a good variety of publishing-related archives and collections, including the Booker Archive and the Steve Hare, Peter Stockham and Jane Doe collections. She will be much missed.
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.