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PA's PR 12th April 2017

PA's PR 12th April 2017

Since the last edition of PA's PR, Tim Shipman, political editor of the Sunday Times, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at our AGM, the apprenticeship levy has come into force and we have sent out invites to our first member breakfast briefing on Brexit and Free Trade Agreements. Meanwhile we have successfully bid for funding for the Seoul International Book Fair, the transcript for the Charles Clark Memorial Lecture has been published online and publishers have attended Bologna Book Fair. BAMB has also released the new designs for its 2017 bags and we have hired a new Campaigns Executive.


Tim Shipman to give AGM keynote    
Tim Shipman, the political editor of the Sunday Times, will be the keynote speaker at our Annual General Meeting, giving his take on Brexit and fake news, with a particular focus on how publishers as trusted brands can take advantage of their own position as authoritative sources of information. Tim has been a national newspaper journalist for almost 20 years, covering British and American politics and International Relations. His book All Out War: The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain’s Political Class gives a behind-the-scenes look on the vote to leave the EU. The AGM will be on 27 April at 4.30pm at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. Email to RSVP.

Apprenticeship levy
The apprenticeship levy came into force across the UK last week, which requires employers with a wage bill of more than £3m to pay a levy of 0.5% on their business. Members who are affected by the levy should have already registered here. We have convened a working group of HR directors to develop a new Apprenticeship Standard tailored to the publishing industry - the Publishing Assistant. The Department of Education has now approved the initial phase of the standard and we have carried out an industry consultation to get it to the next stage. We anticipate the standard will be ready for publishers to use by September. 

Member breakfast briefing   
The PA is holding a breakfast briefing on Brexit and Free Trade Agreements on 25 April to discuss what they mean for publishers. The briefing, which is exclusively for members, will feature presentations by Miriam Gonzalez (Partner of International Trade and Government Relations at Dechert) and Marianne Schaffner (Partner of Intellectual Property at Dechert). They will cover how IP might be treated in FTAs; the implication of FTAs on UK publishers' rights and operating practices; how publishing could be treated in negotiations and what protections or opportunities we should ask for. The briefing will be held at 8.30-10.30am at the PA offices. PleaseRSVP by 21 April. 

Seoul International Book Fair
Following the PA’s Book Fair survey last Autumn, Seoul International Book Fair was identified as one of the top two events that publishers said they were looking to explore over the next two years. Following the results the PA successfully bid for Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) grants from the Department of International Trade to help SME’s with their stand costs at the fair. The PA has commissioned a custom-built UK stand and the stand package costs £2,950.00. Qualifying SME’s can apply for a TAP grant of £2,500.00 bringing the stand costs down to £450.00. For more information, please contact Gloria Bailey 

Charles Clark Lecture transcript  
The transcript of the 2017 Charles Clark Memorial Lecture A Debate on Fair Use lecture is nowavailable. This year’s lecture addressed the compromise between exclusive rights and reasonable "fair uses" in the digital age, by two experts on the Fair Use doctrine: Judge Pierre Leval—one of the most important figures in the historical development of Fair Use—and Jon Baumgarten—widely recognised as one of the leading domestic and international property lawyers in the US. This debate will be of interest to any in the global publishing industry, given the importance of copyright to our business. The lecture took place at the London Book Fair.

Bologna Children’s Book 
There was relief all round that there were a clear two weeks between the London and Bologna Children’s Book Fairs this year, where there was a busy and upbeat atmosphere. During the fair the BolognaFiere, owner 75 international events including the Bologna Book Fair, announced it was launching a new Copyright and Licensing Fair in New York, for US publishers and agents to meet with their global counterparts, librarians and booksellers. The trade only event is aimed at children’s and adult titles and will take place 30 May – 1 June 2018.  The aim is to keep costs low, by offering smaller size stands than they normally offer in Bologna. 

New BAMB bag designs
The Books are My Bag campaign, a joint PA/BA initiative, has released the new designs for its 2017 BAMB tote bags.This year’s Book Are My Bag totes are designed by Orla Kiely and Axel Scheffler. Orla Kiely’s design for her Collector's Edition tote in her signature retro style will be available in bookshops from 7 October. Illustrator Axel Schefller meanwhile, of Gruffalo fame, will release tote bags featuring his popular Pip and Posy characters with hopes that the design will “resonate with young and old alike”. The nationwide campaign is a collaborative effort between publishers, bookshops and authors to celebrate bookshops.

New Campaigns Executive
Eliza Kavanagh has joined the PA as our new Campaigns Executive. She will develop and administer industry-wide campaigns focusing on inclusivity, workforce development issues, publisher relationships and promoting our Reading Ambassador campaign and reading for pleasure work. She brings her experience in event management and design to the role, having joined the PA from The London Book Fair where she supported the marketing and conferences team as a coordinator of the conferences and insights seminar programme. Prior to this she worked in editorial for an independent publishing company in Australia. Get in touch here.

IATEFL breakfast event
As the world of teaching English as a Foreign Language gathered in Glasgow for the annual IATEFL conference, we joined forces with the British Council to organise a fringe breakfast event for members involved in ELT publishing and British Council staff from overseas who all have a role in the ELT sector. The breakfast provided a platform for publishers to talk through their ELT offerings with British Council colleagues talking through the needs of specific overseas markets, commercial opportunities and ways of working together. This comes in the wake of the triennial review of the British Council and the introduction of the new Fair Competition Policy.

Aid Projects Alert
In this month's issue there is only one project, three approvals and two tenders. Read more.

Borough Book Bash

Please join us for the April Borough Book Bash on Thursday 20 April at 6pm. Visit the Eventbrite page for more information and to book.


How to Build a Data Driven Publishing Organisation, 20 April 2017, London

Introduction to Journals Publishing, 24 April 2017, Online

Effective Journal Editorial Management, 25 April 2017, London

Masters in Publishing Webinar Series, 9 May 2017, Online

Managing Publishing Strategy, 9 May 2017, London

British Book Awards 2017, 8 May 2017, London

Introduction to Collective Licensing, 11 May, 2017, Aberystwyth

Academic Book Trade Conference, 18 - 19 May 2017, Stratford-upon-Avon

Pre-Press for Publishing, 18 May 2017, London

ONIX: Essentials, 22 May 2017, London

Advanced ONIX for Books, 23 May 2017, London

Digital Project Management, 24 May 2017, London

Introduction to Editorial Skills, 9 June 2017, London

HEPI Annual Conference, 9 June 2017, London

Introduction to Collective Licensing for STM & Academic publishers, 15 June 2017, London

PLS Annual Open Meeting , 6 July 2017, London