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.
This new book from OICP Director Angus Phillips is now published by Cambridge University Press. Co-authored with Miha Kovač, the book is available for a short period as a free download.
This is a book about the book.
Is this a book? is a question of wide appeal and interest. With the arrival of ebooks, digital narratives and audiobooks, the time is right for a fresh discussion of what is a book. Older definitions that rely solely on print no longer work, and as the boundaries of the book have been broken down, this volume offers a fresh and lively discussion of the form and purpose of the book. How does the audiobook fit into the book family? How is the role of reading changing in the light of digital developments? Does the book still deserve a privileged place in society? The authors present a dynamic model of the book and how it lives on in today's competitive media environment.
For more details visit the CUP page here
The 2022 postgraduate bursary scheme is open and applications should be received by 6 July.
The Stationers' Foundation offers a bursary each year to a postgraduate student on the MA Publishing Media or MA Digital Publishing. The successful student will receive a bursary of up to £6,000 and will be offered the opportunity to receive support during their studies from an appropriate member of the Stationers’ Company, taking into account the specific interests of the student.
On successful completion of their Master's programme the award winner will be presented with the Freedom of the Stationers’ Company and it is expected that they will participate in the life of the Company. Dispensation for payment of the annual membership fee will be given for the following three years.
The application form can be found on this page here
When complete it should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Now published in Publishing Research Quarterly is a paper by OICP researchers Philip Shaw, Angus Phillips and Maria Bajo Gutiérrez on the health of the academic monograph: 'The Death of the Monograph?'
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.
You can view the paper here
London Book Fair 2022
The London Book Fair took place from the 5th to the 7th April 2022 at Olympia. The Oxford International Centre for Publishing took a stand at the Fair in order to promote our degree programmes, industry and academic research, and training and consultancy work. It was great to meet lots of friends and alumni of OICP in person. Publishing students, both postgraduate and undergraduate, helped out with the running of the Fair across the three days.
We also have an MA scholarship sponsored by the London Book Fair.
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.
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
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.
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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