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Plan Your Weekly Events Here!

By uczccra, on 19 October 2014

Hi everybody! We are hoping to keep you up to date about events in the publishing world and big events happening in our programme. It’s not definitive but it is more than enough to fill your calendar…
Check back every Sunday around 6pm and if you fancy a monthly format, look for the October Publishing Events Calendar in the sidebar. Happy Sunday!

(WP=Waterstone’s Piccadilly)

Monday the 20th

-Ballet Spectacular: In Association with the Royal Ballet WP 6:30PM

Tuesday the 21st

-The Opposite of Loneliness WP 6:30PM
-Storytelling Live! Ancient Legends Retold WP 7:00PM

Wednesday the 22nd

-SYP The Monopoly Board of Publishing
-Syria: at the Crossroads of History with Diana Darke and John McHugo WP 7:00PM

Thursday the 23rd

-London Sports Writing Festival
-SYP How to Build a Book 7:00PM
-The Joy of Dictionaries WP 7:00PM
-Who shot Bob Marley? WP 7:00PM
-An Evening w/ Peter James WP 6:30PM

Friday the 24th

-London Sports Writing Festival
-Fugue Lucy Carroll’s Book Launch at The London Review Bookshop 7PM

Saturday the 25th

-London Sports Writing Festival

Sunday the 26th

-London Sports Writing Festival


Publishing Treasure Hunt: The Winning Blog Post

By Samantha J Rayner, on 13 October 2014



In Induction Week, Professor Iain Stevenson set up a fiendish treasure hunt for the incoming cohort:  this took them on a walk via some key publishing-related sights in London, and ended up, as all good publishing events should, at the pub.  All students then submitted a blog about the experience, and these were shortlisted by tutors, who then submitted these to Naomi Barton, one of last year’s group who is an accomplished blogger herself.  Naomi offered a limited edition of The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell for the winner, who today has been announced as Lucy Broughton!

Lucy’s blog is reproduced below – well done, Lucy!

Operation: Publishing Treasure Hunt

Location: London.

Task force: #teamgreatexpectations – Agent Bro, Agent Mac, Agent Hug and Agent Bad.

Objective: Crack Professor Iain Stevenson’s cryptic clues to discover hidden gems from the history of publishing, following a route from St Paul’s Cathedral back to base at the main UCL campus, meeting at top secret location The Marlborough Arms by 1700 hours. Progress to be logged by Agent Bro via twitter using the hashtags #uclpublishing and #teamgreatexpectations.

Purpose: Team bonding and discovery of London’s publishing history.

Status: Completed (mostly).

(Note: Due to agents being engrossed in the task and time sensitive nature of the mission all times are approximate and based on the timestamps of photographs and tweets.)

Pre-mission complication. Agent Mac kidnapped by tube. Fortunately Agents Bro, Hug and Bad successfully complete rescue mission and rally at starting point of St Paul’s Cathedral.

14.19-14.43 hours. Clues 1 and 2. Buildings discovered but agents unsure of the exact subjects of the clue. Appropriate photographic evidence logged with proof of agents’ involvement via the medium of a “selfie”.

14.45 hours. Extra intel gathered between clues. This included the discovery of the site of Bradbury and Evans, who were the printer and publisher of Dickens and Thackeray, and also the site of the Stationers’ Company’s School.

14.50 hours. Clue 3. Team easily located statue of Hodge the Cat. Notable increase in morale. Alert. Discovered by foreign scout. Evasive action taken via different route and tailing group of agents lost before Team Great Expectations could be compromised.

14.56 hours. More intel discovered – the site of Wildy & Sons Ltd, Law Booksellers and Publishers since 1830, in prime law location on the Strand.

15.02 hours. Clue 4. Essex Street location found but no sign of the subject of the clue. Opposing team followed in an attempt to gather intel, but none to be had. Decision made to continue to next clue.

15.26 hours. Clue 5. Observation of counterintuitive traffic at the Savoy.

15.38 hours. Clue 6. Location of historical Aldine building discovered. Troops decide to recuperate in the Cafe Nero it now holds.

16.00 hours. Agent Mac finds appropriate transportation system (bus) to transport troops to next location and conserve energy.

16.29 hours. Clue 7. Agent Hug’s insider knowledge makes Bloomsbury site easy to find. Competing task force scouted and evaded.

16.35 hours. Clue 8. Attempts to discover location prove futile. Despite gathering intel through expert spying on twitter, decision is made to continue to next clue.

16.39 hours. Clue 9. T. S. Eliot plaque found and territory begins to become familiar.

16.45 hours. Troops severely fatigued. Fail to discover the inspiration for Clue 10. Decision is made to continue on to top secret location.

16.50 hours. Target in sight, tired troops powered on through pain to The Marlborough Arms, with a well-deserved drink as reward. Rallied with agents from the wider organisation. Zero casualties.













UCL Publishers’ Prize Winners!

By Samantha J Rayner, on 17 July 2014


UCL Publishers’ Prize inaugural winners announced

The team behind the UCL Publishers’ Prize have this week announced the winners of the inaugural award, which was launched earlier this year with the aim of discovering a new generation of literary talent among the current student body.

The Prize was set up as part of the MA in Publishing’s Publishing Project module, which requires students to work on their own book-related projects in small groups.

After drawing up a shortlist of just 20 stories from a submissions pile of over 120, the Publishing students were advised on the final decision by three guest judges from the publishing industry: fiction publisher Laura Palmer from Head of Zeus, literary agent Lizzy Kremer from David Higham Associates, and agent’s assistant Harriet Moore, also from David Higham Associates.

Competition was fierce for the first, second and third place spots, with the winners due to receive £300, £200 and £100 respectively. PhD scholars battled undergraduate students, flash fiction took on longer narrative and a variety of different genres vied for top place.

In the end, the winner was MA student Gwyneth Kelly for ‘MoodBeam SunSubstitute’, a speculative story about a sun-replacement salesman searching for authenticity in a world of artificial substitution. Lizzy Kremer called the tale “as finely wrought and fully realised as any short story by a professional writer”.

Second place went to archaeology undergraduate Lucy Smith for ‘Bud, Rose, Thorn’, a fairytale-esque piece about a newspaper reporter following a story of missing children to its chilling conclusion. Harriet Moore praised the story’s “charming and unsettling” narrator who “makes us aware of his own unreliability in a way that draws us in, seduces us even”.

Finally, third place was awarded to MA student Clematis Delany for The ‘Tale of Lena-Jane’, which opens with the narrator’s father dying… and then dying again and again. Laura Palmer called the story “morbid and blackly funny”.

Two further stories were highly commended: a second offering from Gwyneth Kelly entitled ‘Walker of Dogs’, and PhD student Kristen Perrin’s ‘The Rock Monster’.

The shortlisted stories will be published in an anthology which will be launched at an event in London at the end of September, where the winners will read from their pieces. Clays will print the anthology over the summer and the production will be managed by the MA students.

Supported by the recently relaunched UCL Press, the UCL Department of Information Studies and UCL’s Joint Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies, the Prize will be a continuing legacy and will be passed down to the next crop of Publishing MA students.

Project Manager Molly Slight said: “We were delighted with the reception that the Prize had in this, its inaugural year. Our aim was to get over 50 entries and we ended up with over 120! All the shortlisted authors should feel extremely proud, as they were up against some seriously stiff competition. We are grateful to UCL for their fantastic support and to our guest judges, who offered us useful industry insight into which stories they felt were most publishable, and which authors they would like to see more from. I am really excited by the talent we have uncovered and look forward to launching the book and, with this, hopefully launching the careers of some brilliant young authors.”

The full shortlist of stories to be published in the anthology is as follows:
The Fourth Floor’ by Nicholas Baines
‘The Boys I Mean Are Not Refined’ by Kathleen Bryson
‘The Tale of Lena-Jane’ by Clematis Delany
‘After Hours’ by Alice Dunn
‘A Run’ by Oskar Gordon
‘The Room’ by Elizabeth Harvey
‘The Party’ by Callie Hitchcock
‘Unseasonable Snowflakes’ by Naomi Ishiguro
‘Untitled 1’ by Bruno Kaapa
‘MoodBeam SunSubstitute’ by Gwyneth Kelly
‘Walker of Dogs’ by Gwyneth Kelly
‘Demand and Supply’ by Yohann Koshy
‘Anne/En’ by Heather Lee
‘Apples’ by Anna Opara
‘The Rock Monster’ by Kristen Perrin
‘Bud, Rose, Thorn’ by Lucy Smith
‘West Country Funeral Honours’ by Luzia Troebinger
‘At The Other End’ by Jonathan Tsang
‘E’ by Sydney Vickars
‘Back Home for Christmas’ by Jeremy Yang

For more information on the Prize, please visit www.uclpublishersprize.com, follow @UCLPubPrize on Twitter or email uclpublisherprize@gmail.com.

‘By the Book’ Publishing Studies Conference

By Nick P Canty, on 25 June 2014

Villa Finaly

Nick Canty and Prof Iain Stevenson from UCL’s Centre for Publishing spoke at the By the Book conference in Florence last month. The conference, held at Villa Finaly an academic institution outside Florence and owned by the University of Paris, brought together scholars from the field of publishing studies to examine key issues around the digital transformation of the book, as well as to discuss the developing field of publishing studies. This was the first conference to bring together scholars and researchers of publishing studies from across Europe and beyond – there were presentations from ten countries in total including two from South Africa giving a truly international perspective on the subject.

Over the two days of the conference, 28 presentations discussed how digitisation was changing publishing, bookselling and even reading habits as publishing formats change as publishers innovate and experiment. The conference provided an opportunity for researchers and teachers of publishing studies to assess the implications this changing landscape has for us, our programmes, our students and the discipline.

Speaking on a panel on reading practices, Nick gave a paper on bibliotherapy with case studies on some ‘books on prescription’ schemes in the UK with examples of how bookshops can engage with customers through guided reading programmes such as those offered by the School of Life and Mr B’s Reading Emporium. ‘Books on Prescription’ is now a category in the Kindle ebook store. Iain gave a talk on his recent research in the Book Tokens archive. Dr Melanie Ramdarshan Bold, who is joining the Centre from Loughborough in September, discussed her research on regional publishing in the North of England and the North West of the United States.

The full list of presentations can be found here.





Places to go, things to see – more great events

By uczcbsv, on 22 February 2014

Places to Go, Things to See
By Anami Kabir

Rock on Top of another Rock
Thursday, 7th March 2013 to Thursday, 6th March 2014

This is the first public sculpture by the Swiss artists Fischli/Weiss to be commissioned in the UK. Located near the entrance of the Serpentine Gallery, the two large rocks balance one on top of the other against the backdrop of Kensington Gardens.

The structure oscillates between stability and instability, construction and destruction. As the London weather is slightly improving, and before coursework deadlines loom to close in the horizon, an outdoor outing to see this magnificent work of art is definitely recommended.

For an online video of an interview of Peter Fischli by Hans Ulrich Obrist, check out: http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/fischli/weiss-rock-top-another-rock

Neil Gaiman: The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains
Illustrations by Eddie Campbell and music from FourPlay String Quartet
Synchronised Multimedia Storytelling
Friday, 4th – Saturday, 5th July 2014 / 19:30

There are so many Gaiman fans out there, but so little of Gaiman to go around (especially since he moved to the States—tragedy for us fans in the UK). However, there is always that special event that pops up and if you’re lucky enough to catch it — there is Gaiman!

In a revolutionary new concept of synchronised multimedia storytelling, Neil Gaiman will read aloud his story ‘The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains’ at the Barbican Hall this July. Illustrations are done by the renowned artist Eddie Campbell (From Hell) and FourPlay String Quartet has created an entirely new underscore to the story.

Headline Publishing Group shall publish a four-colour, enhanced edition of ‘The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains’ with Campbell’s illustrations on June 17th this year.

Don’t miss out on the exclusive reading by Gaiman at the Barbican Hall. Book your ticket for either Friday, 4th or Saturday, 5th July 2014 (19:30hrs). For booking and ticket price information: http://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=16044

Exclusive Festival Appearance – J.K. Rowling, writing as Robert Galbraith, In Conversation with Val McDermid
Harrogate Crime-Writing Festival
Friday, 18th July 2014 (The Festival dates are 17-20 July 2014)

The moment we have all been waiting for… JK Rowling, under her famous (and much drama-ridden) pseudonym Robert Galbraith, has penned the sequel to Cuckoo’s Calling. The Silkworm is to be published by Little, Brown Book Group on June 24th this year. It stars Rowling/Galbraith’s private detective and war veteran Cormoran Strike, and his young assistant Robin Ellacott as they investigate the disappearance of the novelist Owen Quine.

Exciting news — Rowling will be on stage with the bestselling crime writer Val McDermid for a unique In Conversation event this July at the Harrogate Crime-Writing Festival! This special event will take place at 7.30pm on Friday, 18th of July 2014 at the Royal Hall in Harrogate.

The Festival dates are 17th-20th July and include the likes of Ann Cleeves, Sophie Hannah, Lynda LaPlante, Laura Lippman, Peter May, Denise Mina, Steve Mosby and SJ Watson. The festival invites you to “block out these dates and join us for one long criminally good weekend.”

Tickets go on sale Monday, 17th March 2014. For more information, visit: http://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/crime/ticketsaccomm/