Xiaolu Guo at the Oxford Literary Festival
On 30 March 2022 the award-winning Chinese-British novelist and film-maker Xiaolu Guo was interviewed at the Oxford Literary Festival by Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing.
The event took place in the Weston Library Lecture Theatre at the Bodleian Library and was attended by 50 people. The interview provided insights into Xiaolu Guo’s life and works, as well as examining some of the key themes in her books, such as love, language and identity.
A key part of the conversation focused on her latest novel A Lover’s Discourse (2020). A Chinese woman comes to post-Brexit London to start over: isolated and lonely in a Britain increasingly hostile to foreigners, she meets a landscape architect and the two begin to build their future together. The novel plays with language and the cultural differences that the narrator encounters as she settles into her new life, and the lovers must navigate their differences and their romance. The author read an extract from the book which considers the difference between authenticity and imitation through looking at a village in Shenzhen, where there is a cottage industry reproducing famous artworks for western consumers.
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IPA Academy launched
The International Publishers Association (IPA) has launched the IPA Academy to support publishers and their associations as they adapt to commercial changes catalysed by the COVID-19 pandemic. One of three key partners in the Academy is the Oxford International Centre for Publishing at Oxford Brookes.
Covering a range of topics from editorial management and proofreading to marketing and international licensing via digitization and everything in between, the Academy courses are available to all member organizations of the IPA. The IPA Talks series is open to visitors to the site
Professor Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing said: 'The IPA Academy is an exciting development and Oxford Brookes University is delighted to be partnering in this new venture. Here in Oxford we have students from all over the world and the publishing community is truly global. What a great industry we have with a common interest in both skills development and a healthy future for the book as a source of knowledge and entertainment.'
You can read more about the Academy launch here
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Working in Publishing, Media and Journalism 2022
Tue 1 March 2022 at 1.00 pm
An annual event for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, Working in Publishing offers an afternoon of advice and networking with media professionals, including alumni from our extensive network throughout the industry. In 2022 the Oxford International Centre for Publishing is expanding the event to include not only over 50 representatives from across a range of publishing sectors, but also professionals from the worlds of media and journalism. They will participate in online sessions throughout the afternoon, giving students the opportunity to ask questions and gain insight to kickstart their careers.
This year's keynote is Jamie Hodder-Williams, former CEO of Hodder & Stoughton. Previous speakers include Hilary Murray Hill, David Shelley, Joanna Prior, Mark Allin, and Jamie Byng. Examples of the companies in attendance are Penguin Random House, Pearson, Faber & Faber, OUP, Elsevier, Felicity Bryan, Thames and Hudson, Usborne, Bloomsbury, Telegraph Media Group, Financial Times, DC Thomson, Gleam Futures, M&C Saatchi, and The Bookseller.
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OICP student interns score bylines in The Sun
During the first week of their internships at News UK this month, BA Media, Journalism and Publishing students Laura Cutting, Lloyd Canfield and Thomas Godfrey published their first bylined articles in The Sun, the biggest news brand in the UK.
Working on the TV desk under the charge of TV Editor Andy Halls, Laura reveals exclusively in her piece that the BBC bosses overpaid staff by £350,000, the equivalent of 2,200 licence fee payments (pictured). She said: 'Being published in The Sun is very exciting, especially as it was my first day.'
Over on the news desk, working with Executive News Editor Ben O’Driscoll, Thomas was tasked to report on the recent demands made to Netflix to ban a Jimmy Carr show that includes a holocaust joke (pictured). He said: 'It was great to be working on an important news story like this - it was such an incredible experience and one I’ll carry through my career.'
Meanwhile, interning on the sports desk, Lloyd has four pieces scheduled for publication, providing a big boost to his NCTJ portfolio. Check out his report on the top six goals of Argentinian football icon Lionel Messi. 'It was the best day of working life so far', said Lloyd. 'I am so grateful for this opportunity.'
'A byline on your first day is pretty spectacular', commented Mark Hudson, Head of Early Talent at News UK. 'Thank you for sending us such talented students. It’s great to see them grab an opportunity like this with both hands.'
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Student entrepreneur wins funding
Dave Rogers, MA student and entrepreneur, pitched his Enthusiastic Press business plans at the Brookes Fuel Awards and won a Santander Prize of £3,000 to support his business growth. He said: 'I was delighted to win an award and would recommend other students apply. I found the process tough but it really pushed me to clarify my ideas to develop Enthusiastic Press. I'm so grateful to my lecturer Helena Markou for suggesting I apply and excited to now be able to put my plans into action.'
Dave is in the second year of the MA Publishing, studying by distance learning. For more details about Enthusiastic Press, visit here
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Lucy Derges, Policy & Research Manager at STM shares the 2021 STM Report
The latest STM publication on the state of scientific and scholarly publishing globally is now available. The 2021 STM Report was compiled by Lucy Derges, MA Publishing distance learning student, who joined STM (The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers) as Policy & Research Manager at the beginning of 2021. Compiling this essential industry report was one of Derges' first tasks of her new job and highlights a key benefit of the OICP distance learning degree: the flexibility to study alongside full-time employment and the application of learning in practice.
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Podcasting article in The Bookseller
For an article in The Bookseller magazine on industry podcasts, Caroline Carpenter interviewed Angus Phillips from OICP and one of our alumni, Flavia Marcocci.
The team at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing (OICP) started recording audio content from interesting visitors and industry speakers more than a decade ago. Angus Phillips, director of the OICP, says: 'We aim to keep current with the industry and the latest developments. The podcast is part of our research and also supports our teaching. There is no strict format; the content is varied across topics and industry sectors.' Guests are selected to offer insight into the industry and the latest trends.
A former OICP student, Flavia Marcocci, began researching and producing her own podcast as her major project for her MA in Digital Publishing in 2018. Marcocci, who is platform manager at AI search firm Yext and previously worked at Polity and DK, launched Publishing Insight because 'at the time, there weren’t many career podcasts focusing on the publishing industry and the roles that comprise a publishing house'.
You can read the full article here
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2021 British Book Design and Production Awards
The British Book Design and Production Awards took place on Monday 8 November 2021 at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in Central London.
The evening was hosted by guest presenter Penny Smith. She is well known for her passion for reading and is a television and radio presenter, a newsreader and a journalist, seen regularly on BBC news. She kept guests well entertained throughout the evening, presenting a total of 19 awards.
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Monograph publishing - OICP report now published
The results are published of research carried out by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing into the publishing of monographs or research-based books. A survey of English language academic publishers in the UK, Europe and North America was undertaken in 2021. The objective was to gather data on the current landscape of academic monograph publishing in the arts, humanities, and social sciences and to identify trends. Respondents were asked about their monograph publishing activities, sales, distribution, and about the future direction of their programmes. The report offers independent analysis of publisher information that may be helpful in informing the debate among stakeholders as to the future of the publication of long-form research in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The results offer key insights into the growth in output of titles, the level of print sales, the move towards open access, usage of monographs, and their pricing.
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Publishers’ Publicity Circle Awards 2020
The shortlists have been announced for @publicitycircle awards and in the category of Best Children’s and YA Celebrity Campaign, two @PubOxford alumni appear: Kirsten Cozens @KirstenBryony from Walker Books and Elaine Egan @ElaineEgan_ from Hachette Ireland, for their campaigns for My First Cook Book by David Atherton and Break the Mould by Sinead Burke.
Kirsten won a PPC award in 2019 and was shortlisted for a 2020 London Book Fair Trailblazer Award. Elaine also won a PPC award for her campaign on Lucy Vine's debut novel, Hot Mess.
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