Publishing Podcasts

Helena Markou in conversation with Claire Philip

Podcast Episode: 104 - (video)

Helena Markou and Claire Philip

In this podcast, Claire Philip (Children's Editor and Career Coach) talks candidly to Helena Markou, (Senior Lecturer, MA Publishing) about the publishing industry's worsening pay problem as announced by the latest Book Careers Salary Survey.   Careers in publishing demand specific and often quite technical skills but the remuneration doesn't always match up.  Claire and Helena talk through being strategic in prioritising long-term financial wellbeing, actions to progress your salary and career from when is it sustainable to accept low-paid opportunities to how to negotiate a pay rise in your current role?

Posted on 13 Jul 2023 around 7am

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Endangered Languages and Picture books: a Tale of Preservation and Diversity

Podcast Episode: 103

Meri Millan, MA Publishing

In this episode MA Publishing student Meri Millan discusses why publishers should care about preserving linguistic diversity and what role children’s picture books play in achieving it.  She touches on some publisher-led initiatives to publish in the Ryukyuan languages, endangered languages native to Okinawa, Japan. As well as recommending her two absolute favourite picture books.

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Duration: 00:06:33

Posted on 05 Dec 2022 around 3pm

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Challenges and Opportunities for the Children’s and YA Market

Podcast Episode: 102

Lucy Derges, MA Publishing

In October 2022, MA Publishing student Lucy Derges travelled to the Frankfurt Book Fair to investigate the current health of the children’s and young adult market, the coming global challenges it could face and how incorporating diversity, equality and inclusion though requiring additional investment offers opportunity.

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Posted on 05 Dec 2022 around 2pm

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Discovering Sanxingdui

Podcast Episode: 101 - (video)

This video is a recording of the recent ‘Discovering Sanxingdui’ event from the Confucius Institute at Oxford Brookes University and Southwest Jiaotong University. The event was hosted for 180 attendees and was moderated by sinologue and historian, Dr Frances Wood (吴芳思). During the event, participantsviewed immersive virtual tours showcasing the museum and the extraordinary finds from the Sanxingdui culture. Dame Jessica Rawson from the University of Oxford and Associate Professor Hao Zhao (赵昊) from Peking University discussed the special artefacts from the site.

Posted on 04 Oct 2022 around 3pm

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Looking behind the curtain: from translation to publication

Podcast Episode: 100 - (video)

Join author Xiang Jen Yao, translator Robert Hall and editor Angela Koo to celebrate the English edition of The Art of Chinese Living (2022).

Together they discuss with journalist Samantha Harman of Oxford International Centre for Publishing and Dr Zhu Zhu, researcher in Translation Studies of University of Aberdeen, their experience working on this large translation project. In particular, focusing on how the author, translator and publisher work together in overcoming various challenges to shape the final product for readers..

Posted on 23 May 2022 around 11am

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YA Literature and its role in destigmatising mental health issues

Podcast Episode: 99

Rhian Williams-Clement, MA Publishing

With the numbers of children and young adults getting diagnosed with mental health conditions increasing, it’s more important than ever that we have open and honest discussions with our young people about mental ill-health. Mental health illnesses have for years, been shrouded in secrecy, with negative discourse surrounding them. So, how can the publishing industry destigmatise and encourage constructive conversations about mental health through our young adult books and begin a dialogue with our young people about their own mental health?  

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Duration: 00:03:33

Posted on 18 Jan 2022 around 11am

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‘Addressing the Zeitgeist’

Podcast Episode: 98

What Authors and Illustrators Need to Succeed in Children’s Publishing

Dave Rogers, MA Publishing featuring literary agent James Catchpole.

Join me, David Rogers, and my guest, literary agent James Catchpole (http://www.thecatchpoleagency.co.uk) as we discuss what illustrators and authors need to succeed in contemporary children’s publishing.  During our talk, we consider four key principles of finding success: the importance of having an individual voice, how vital it is to know the audience and industry you are writing or illustrating for, the significance of a good story, and an appropriate consideration of societal issues, such as diversity and representation. Examples of successful children’s and YA books are also provided, and further insights are referenced from a range of industry professionals.

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Duration: 00:05:42

Posted on 18 Jan 2022 around 11am

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Audiobooks for children: Are they beneficial for literacy or are they just a lazy way out of reading

Podcast Episode: 97

Audiobooks for children. Are they beneficial for literacy or are they just a lazy way out of reading? This is the question we will be trying to find answers to in today’s episode. Are there any advantages of audiobooks over physical books? Are they more attractive for children? What about reading levels, does the auditive dimension overcome this barrier? Should we feel like we’re cheating if we encourage children to listen rather than read books? We will be looking at research from the National Literacy Trust that analyses this issue. Tune in to find out more.

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Posted on 18 Jan 2022 around 11am

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Four things you need to know about children’s non-fiction publishing

Podcast Episode: 96

Stacey McDevit, MA Publishing

In this podcast episode, Publishing Studies MA student Stacey McDevitt explores four key areas of children’s non-fiction publishing relevant to today, reporting on the thriving UK and USA markets and delving into trends in children’s non-fiction, formats, diversity and inclusion, and new highly anticipated non-fiction imprints to look out for such as Hardie Grant’s Bright Light and Macmillan’s Neon Squid Books.

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Duration: 00:06:09

Posted on 18 Jan 2022 around 10am

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For the love of it: publishing picture books in translation

Podcast Episode: 95

Sophie Jones, MA Publishing featuring Greet Pauwelijn of Book Island

In this podcast, Sophie Jones explores the UK market for picture books in translation and why so few mainstream publishers are engaged in this area of children’s publishing. In an interview with Greet Pauwelijn of Book Island, she discovers the key role played by small, independent publishers in increasing access and bibliodiversity, and learns about the difficulties they face in bringing picture books from abroad into the UK market. 

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Duration: 00:06:00

Posted on 18 Jan 2022 around 10am

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Discussing Mental Health with Your Child Through Picture Books

Podcast Episode: 94

Alex Galecka, MA Publishing

Picture books are an excellent way to start conversations with young children about mental health issues that affect us all. It can be a difficult topic to approach, especially if you are not sure how to initiate or explain the subject. In this episode, our podcaster will share their top picture book recommendations for discussing mental health with children, as well as why addressing it is important for their emotional intelligence.

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Posted on 17 Jan 2022 around 6pm

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The Value of Literary Festivals - webinar recording

Podcast Episode: 93 - (video)

A practitioner-oriented online event

An online webinar on the value of literary festivals and their future in a post-Covid world. Both academics and practitioners discussed the challenges faced by literary festivals in the time of the pandemic, and what lessons can be drawn for how events are run. Speakers from Ireland, Italy and the UK included Sally Dunsmore, Guido Guerzoni, Miriam Johnson, Catherine Moylan, Julianne Mooney, Bernadette Quinn, Giulia Rossetti, and Michela Zin.

Posted on 26 Mar 2021 around 10am

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Angus Phillips in conversation with Nicolas Cheetham, CEO of Head of Zeus

Podcast Episode: 92 - (video)

Angus Phillips in conversation with Nicolas Cheetham, CEO of Head of Zeus and the publisher of Liu Cixin’s works in the UK. Nicolas talks about the success of the books, SF in China, and future publication plans. Liu Cixin was the first Chinese author to win the prestigious Hugo Award. President Barack Obama praised his The Three-Body Problem as ‘just wildly imaginative’ and Mark Zuckerberg recommended it to his Facebook followers.  This webinar was an event for the Book Club established by the Confucius Institute at Oxford Brookes.

Posted on 26 Mar 2021 around 9am

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Angus Phillips in conversation with Richard Lennon

Podcast Episode: 91 - (video)

Angus Phillips in conversation with Richard Lennon, Publishing Director at Penguin Random House Audio. Richard talks about trends in the UK audio market, some recent bestsellers, and the kind of projects that work well as audiobooks.

Posted on 16 Dec 2020 around 5pm

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Angus Phillips in conversation with Nitasha Devasar

Podcast Episode: 90 - (video)

Nitasha Devasar is Managing Director, Taylor and Francis India & South Asia, and President of the Association of Publishers in India (API). Her book Publishers on Publishing: Inside India’s Book Business gives a panoramic insider view of Indian publishing. We hear about the landscape of publishing in India, in particular academic publishing, and of developments in research and higher education.

Posted on 20 Jul 2020 around 8am

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How to break into the media industry with Rory Bremner and OICP

Podcast Episode: 89

Angus Phillips and Alexandra Shakespeare and Rory Bremner

OICP's Angus Phillips and Alexandra Shakespeare recently took part in a panel discussion for Oxford school www.doverbroecks.com on how to break into the Media, Journalism and Publishing industries. 

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Duration: 00:47:08

Posted on 09 Jul 2020 around 9pm

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