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Publishing alumna wins Kim Scott Walwyn Prize

Kay Peddle wins 2011 Kim Scott Walwyn Prize

Kay Peddle, the woman behind Bodley Head’s innovative Brain Shots audiobooks, was last week named the winner of the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize 2011. The accolade, which recognises the professional achievements of women in publishing, was announced by Prize Committee member Kate Jury at a ceremony at the Free Word Centre in Farringdon. Helen Fraser, former Managing Director of Penguin UK, delivered the keynote speech on women and success.

Born and raised in South Africa, Kay Peddle came to Britain in 2006 and studied for an MA in International Publishing at Oxford Brookes University. She graduated with Distinction and started her publishing career as a Marketing Assistant at Random House. In 2008, she moved into editorial and, as Assistant Editor at Vintage, conceived and produced the Bodley Head Brain Shots, which launched to great acclaim in 2009. The success of this industry-first series shows her ability to explore new formats and to respond to the fast-changing market with great agility and flair.

Kay Peddle said, on winning:

'Kim Scott Walwyn's life and memory is such an inspiration and it is a true honour to receive this prize. Meeting Kim's family, friends and colleagues, as well as the award winners from previous years, was so special and moving. In keeping with the spirit of the award, I would like this prize money and the training course to go to a young woman looking to get into publishing but who would not otherwise be able to undertake a work experience placement in London. I hope Kim would approve.'

Kate Jury, Chair of the prize-awarding committee, commented:

'The committee's warmest congratulations go to Kay Peddle on winning the first of the new Kim Scott Walwyn prizes, sponsored by the Society of Young Publishers and the Publishing Training Centre. The judging committee were very impressed by both Kay's achievements, and by her clear-sighted analysis of how she could use her skills and experience to reach out to new and different audiences. We hope her achievements will inspire women from all areas of publishing to apply for the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize next year.'

Viv Bird, CEO of Booktrust, added:

'Booktrust is proud to manage a Prize that celebrates exceptional women publishers and helps them to continue developing their careers. We are delighted that Kay Peddle has won this year’s Prize, and applaud her dedication to books, authors and readers alike. 

Kay’s past achievements are impressive, particularly the innovative Bodley Head Brain Shots, as is her awareness of the role publishers play in bringing books and people together; we hope winning this Prize will spur her on to further success.'

Kay Peddle receives a cheque for £1000 sponsored by the SYP, as well as a one-day course of her choice, courtesy of the Publishing Training Centre (PTC) in Wandsworth.

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MA Publishing alumni and ‘World Book Night’

Brianna Corbett who completed her MA Publishing at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies in 2010, has written a thrilling account of the day that she gave away 48 copies of One Day, by by David Nicholls.

One million books were given away during World Book Night.

You can read Brianna's account on our alumni pages.

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Tweet smell of success – London Book Fair 2011

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies was widely represented at the 2011 London Book Fair. Our students assisted the LBF with organizing seminars during the fair itself, and we also ran three extremely well-attended seminars on a wide variety of topics chaired by academics from the Centre, including one on social media – The Tweet Smell of Success? Over 150 people were turned away from the event, unable to get in the room. The seminars are available as part of our podcast series.

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Random House Bursary

The Random House Group and Oxford Brookes University are to launch a publishing scholarship aimed at individuals from groups under-represented within the publishing industry.

Starting in September 2011 Random House will be offering a £2,000 bursary to a full or part-time MA student of Publishing, International Publishing, Publishing and Language, or Digital Publishing at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies. The student will also receive a paid work placement for four weeks within The Random House Group.

The Random House Bursary, open to students from the UK and EU, will be awarded on the basis a proven interest in a UK-based career in book publishing and a written submission on what the MA  will  contribute to the student’s learning and career development. Priority will be given to individuals who are from a background that is underrepresented in the publishing industry or for whom accessing a career in the publishing industry is a challenge. Applications should be made by the middle of June and full details of how to apply will be posted on the Random House and Oxford Brookes websites.

Neil Morrison, HR Director for The Random House Group, said:  ‘Random House is committed to improving diversity within the publishing industry and believes that this scholarship will provide much needed support for individuals who struggle to access a career in publishing. We are pleased to be working with the renowned Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies in this venture and look forward to meeting the successful student.’

Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, said: ‘We are delighted to be working with Random House to facilitate access to our MA programmes and a career in publishing. Random House is to be congratulated on what is a really worthwhile initiative. The funding on offer will make a real difference to a student.’

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Publishing Futures – Oxford Literary Festival

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies hosted a well-attended event at the Oxford Literary Festival on Sunday 3 April. Chaired by Angus Phillips, the topic was the future of book publishing in the light of the growing popularity of ebooks and apps. In a lively debate, the panel discussed the exciting possibilities of digital publishing, moving beyond the plain text to more interactive products. The speakers were Marcus du Sautoy, Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University and author of The Number Mysteries; Felicity Bryan, the Oxford-based literary agent of authors such as Edmund de Waal and Karen Armstrong; and Cathy Galvin, Deputy Editor of The Sunday Times Magazine.

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Working in Publishing Day 2011

MA Publishing student Catherine Watts writes below of her experience at the Working in Publishing Day 2011 at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.

‘It was here – the day had arrived. We’d been told to put it in our diaries on the very first induction afternoon way back in September. Now it was Tuesday, March 8th. Or, to call it by its official title, it was Working in Publishing Day.

I was nervous. More than 40 publishing staff were descending on the Buckley building, representing over 30 companies, from small not-for-profit independents to multi-national corporations. There were different strategies of approach among the students. Some had only signed up to see a few publishers, the ones they would be most interested in working for. I, on the other hand, being terminally indecisive, had filled all ten of the 15-minute slots on offer with a range of different types of publisher. I was in for a fast-paced afternoon of speed-dating style networking.

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MA Publishing Student writes about her AHRC Scholarship

Raya Ubenova (MA Publishing 2010-11) has written an article for our student feedback pages. Raya explains how the AHRC scholarship has helped her focus on her studies here at Oxford Brookes University.

You can read the article here.

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Alexandra Wilson on BBC4 talking about opera heroines

Alexandra Wilson (Senior Lecturer in Musicology) can be seen on BBC4 this week, contributing to a documentary entitled "Opera's Fallen Women" to be broadcast on Friday 25 March at 8.30pm. The programme, presented by music director of the Royal Opera House Antonio Pappano, investigates the representation of 'fallen women' in operas by Bizet, Verdi, Puccini and others. It will be followed by the television premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's new opera "Anna Nicole", about the life of former Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith.


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MA Publishing Alumni writes about internship in Geneva

Aaron O’Dowling-Keane graduated from the MA in Publishing in 2010. She writes about her internship at the International Labour Organization in Geneva.

I did my interview for the Brooke’s MA in Publishing whilst sitting under a mosquito net in a remote village in Tanzania where I’d been working as a teacher in a local school. Evidently, from the outset the international element of the MA was important to me.  And the publishing department didn’t let me down, from the diverse make-up of the students, to international book fairs, to the courses I chose for the second semester - International Publishing Management and Publishing and Language - my passion for the global world of publishing was more than satisfied. 

You can read the full details from Aaron here.

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MA Publishing student writes about her work placement at Hachette in London.

Ola Wolenska was awarded the Hachette UK Publishing Scholarship for the year 2010-11. She writes about her experiences in Oxford and her work placements at Hachette in London.

Applying to Oxford Brookes University for the MA in Publishing was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I grew up surrounded by books, journals and magazines, having an academic professional for my mum and an aunt in magazines distribution. Literature has had a great influence on my development and who I am right now.

Read further details on our student news page

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