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PA's PR 12th March

PA's PR 12th March


PA Welcomes Government Literacy Action
The PA’s CEO Richard Mollet provides commentary on the new action plan to improve reading levels in primary schools released by the Government. For full coverage please click here.


The IPG Conference
This year’s IPG conference in Oxfordshire was a great chance to hear from some of the people who most affect independent publishers – Waterstones, Blackwells and Amazon – and to glean insights from some inspirational leaders in the publishing world, including ‘View from the Top’ speaker (and future recipient of LBF’s Lifetime Achievement Award) Peter Usborne and Ziyad Mara of SAGE Publications.

Search Publications concluded the gala dinner as Independent Publisher of the Year (and IPG Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year), while The PA congratulations go to members Walker Books and Nosy Crow. Carcanet won the Alison Morrison Diversity Prize, given by Alison’s colleague and friend Elise Dillsworth. Together, Elise and Alison worked with passion to set up Dipnet, the legacy of which is continued by EQUIP.


Ixxus:  educational publishing white paper
Ixxus’ white paper, Thinking Outside the Books: Reinventing Educational Publishing for the Digital Age by senior publishing consultant Carl Robinson, outlines how educational publishers are less in control of their value chain.  The rise of MOOCs and other disruptive providers, with the challenges of growing digital adoption and reduced barriers to entry, mean if publishers don’t adapt they’re at risk.  Only by confronting the digital challenge head on will publishers successfully adapt their businesses.

Pearson Hot Breakfast policy update on schools
The education sector is unlikely to face any seismic policy shift after the election – or even feature much in the election, according to speakers at Pearson’s Hot Breakfast policy update on 9th  March, 58 days before the General Election.  Steve Besley, Head of Policy for Pearson, Professor Chris Husbands, Director, UCL IoE and Greg Hurst, education editor for The Times, flagged a softer tone permeating debates than before previous elections.  No major government reports wait in the wings, and there is more noise around issues like a College of Teaching than crunch subjects like AS/A level.  The parties’ alignment is much closer than a decade ago, even on funding policies.  After the election whatever the composition of the government speakers thought that the curriculum reform process is likely to continue and even AS recoupling could be viewed more warily given warnings from teachers and Ofqual (and publishers) over periods of too much upheaval. 

UKTI Education Reception
This week saw Universities, Science and Cities Minister Greg Clark address an audience at the UKTI Education reception at the FCO. The proceedings were opened by the UK's Education champion Sir Eric Thomas, followed by UKTI Education MD Emily Ashwell who highlighted the priority markets for high value opportunities that the team were pursuing on behalf of UK businesses. Greg Clark then gave a speech extolling the excellence of the UK's Education Sector and praising the work of UKTI Education which has helped win over £1 billion worth of business for the UK. For more information please visit the website.


PLSclear: Making Permissions Straightforward
PLSclear is a web-based tool, developed by the Publishers Licensing Society, which streamlines and simplifies the permissions process.  The system enables individuals who want to make or receive permissions quick and easy, by using a three stage process:-

Stage 1: The user can search and identify the current right holder from an extensive database.

Stage 2: The user completes a form on intended re-use developed by leading rights specialists.

Stage 3: A request is sent via PLSclear to the correct contact so the terms of use can be agreed.

PLSclear helps those who manage permissions to optimise their workload and maintain accurate records. It also enables publishers to increase profitability by monetising this valuable secondary revenue stream. 

To find out more about how PLSclear can help you - visit thewebsite; Tel:02070795930;

Diversity in Publishing

Channel 4 Creative Industries Showcase hosted by Creative Access
For the third consecutive year, Creative Access will be hosting a Creative Industries Showcase at Channel 4 on Wednesday 1st April 2015 from 6-8 pm at the Channel 4 HQ. The evening will feature a specialist panel of industry figures representing a cross section of the creative sector including publishing, music, advertising and journalism. Not only does the event provide an opportunity for graduates and prospective graduates from BAME backgrounds to find out about working in the creative sector; it also gives employers the chance to meet exceptionally talented individuals, aspiring to make their mark in the industry.  The event is free however spaces are limited so you will need to register here before Thursday 19th March. For more information please visit the website.

Reading for Pleasure

World Book Day

This year’s World Book Day was busier than ever (and not just for the teacher who had to send 11-year old Christian Grey home.) Through a vast number of events, competitions and awards, WBD brought together children of all ages to appreciate books and explore the pleasure of reading.  The very first World Book Day Award opened to schools across the UK, who were invited to show why they #Can’tLiveWithouBooks to win money for their school library. An overwhelming 800 entires were received and the winning schools can be found here. This year also saw the launch of The Biggest Book Show on Earth online, an exciting new series of short videos starring WBD authors. 

The World Book Day TeenFest took place on 4th & 5th March.  WBD hosted interviews with a number of authors on Facebook, Twitter and Google Hangouts including Malorie Blackman, Andy McNab and six of the 10 authors shortlisted for the YABook Prize. WBD also posted music playlists, vlogs and blogs along with short films about careers in publishing.

Canongate Launch Letters Live Company
Canongate’s new expansion of Letter Live, to the US and a series of events in London in 2015, will help support the company’s chosen charities – The Reading Agency, First Story and the Ministry of Stories

Original Scheffler Illustrations Auctioned for Charity
A couple of weeks ago, Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo and Pip and Posy series, led a storytelling session at the Southbank Centre as part of the Imagine Children’s Festival.  PA member Nosy Crow auctioned six different illustrations from the session that feature some of Axel’s best loved characters to raise money for War Child; a charity that provides life-changing support for the most vulnerable children whose families, communities and schools have been torn apart by war. The auction attracted a phenomenal level of support and raised over £1200 for the charity.


Briefing Session for Senior Operations Directors on Accessible Publishing, 28th April
This workshop, organised by the PA, will give you a high level taste of accessibility requirements in today’s digital landscape. Chaired by Mark Bide, Chairman of The Publishers Licensing Society and member of the Accessible Books Consortium Board you will gain an overview of your legal requirements, how to strategise and set an accessible publishing policy, how to organise your in-house workflows and processes  and what your technical teams need to be prepared for. Interspersed with real life case studies, this workshop will help you to understand your obligations and give you some valuable resources with which you can your in-house teams can engage with straight away. The workshop will be held at The Publishers Association, 29b Montague Street, London, WC1B 5BW on April 28th from 10am - 1pm.

For more information on this popular morning or to register please contact Brean Horne on This workshop is Free of Charge for PA Members and £30 (+VAT) for non-PA Members


Research and Scholarly Publishing

New Research & Scholarly Publishing Forum Launches at London Book Fair 2015
The PA, alongside LBF and ALPSP, is delighted toannounce the launch of a brand new Scholarly and Research Forum at LBF. The Forum, which takes place on Wednesday 15th April, is a half day programme of four individual sessions facilitated by Toby Green, Head of Publishing at OECD, and Alicia Wise, Director of Access and Policy at Elsevier.   The Forum, sponsored by Publishers Communication Group, a division of Publishing Technology, provides an opportunity for speakers across the globe to give greater insight into how to successfully navigate a number of unprecedented changes. It enables publishers to learn from each other, improve business and develop new models and markets.  Lunch is included and delegates also receive free entrance into The London Book Fair.  For more information website.  PA members also receive a discount.  Please contact Nicola Swann ( for your PA member discount code.

Reading for Pleasure

The PA / BA children’s books presentations, 15th April
The PA and Booksellers Association will once again run the popular children’ books presentations at LBF, giving publishers a chance to pitch their upcoming titles to a room full of booksellers at the High Street Theatre on the showfloor. Please contact for more information


What Works? educational publishing conference, 16th  April
This conference, to be held on the last day of London Book Fair, is the third edition of an annual event organised in association with The PA which looks at the combinations of policy, pedagogy, content and technology that work best.  The programme is firming ; confirmed speakers include Jay Diskey, IPA Educational Publishers Forum (USA), Harry Patrinos, World Bank (USA), Gino Roncaglia, University of Viterbo (Italy) and Wouter van Tol, Samsung (UK).  PA members get 10% off tickets for the educational publishing conference ‘What Works?’ so do sign up on the website.


Get Involved in London Book & Screen Week
In addition to variety of flagship events, LBSW are also inviting publicists to feature any of their books, authors or reading related events happening in London during the week of 13-19th April free of charge on the LBSW website. Event details can be uploaded to the events webpage yourself, or email information to Susanna Frayn.

New Writers Evening, 13th April
London Book & Screen Week kicks off at Foyles Charring Cross with a special event focusing on the future stars of the literacy firmament.  The event will run from 7 – 10 pm. For more information please click here.

Guardian Masterclass: How to Write Fantasy Dystopian Fiction, 14th April
A two hour course in how to master the genres, with Joe Abercrombie, Peter V Brett and Francesca Haig – chaired by Harper Voyager Publisher Jane Johnson. Each author will discuss their path to publication, followed by a discussion about that genre more generally, covering writing a pitch, finding an agent and getting the concept right. For more details click here.

Pin Drop, sponsored by, 14th April
Pin Drop presents world-leading authors and actors reading short stories to live and studio audiences in London, New York & LA. Our award-winning narrators include Julian Barnes, William Boyd, Lionel Shriver, Sebastian Faulks, Alistair McGowan, Prunella Scales, Ben Okri and Russell Tovey, who read against the backdrop of iconic locations including the Royal Academy of Arts, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Soho House, the Houses of Parliament and BAFTA 195 Piccadilly. Pin Drop is re-packaging the short story for modern times and revolutionising the art of storytelling. In a hyper-connected world, we bring a powerfully human experience to new audiences who embrace the uncomplicated ethos at the heart of Pin Drop. Find more information here


2015 HEPI-Elsevier Research Conference: Reflections on the REF, 31st March
This conference at the Royal Society on Tuesday 31st March considers the impact of the Research Excellence Framework, and looks ahead to 2020 to consider how research evaluation might evolve.  Speakers include David Willetts (Chair), David Sweeney (HEFCE) and James Wilsdon (Chair of the Independent Review of the role of metrics in research assessment.)  Topics include:

·         How the REF2014 will affect the UK’s research base

·         What the future holds for research assessment and funding

·         How the next research assessment exercise could work 

Visit for the programme and to book.

Great Week: The World in One Place, 7th – 11th September
The Grown in Britain Great Week will be taking place in Milan from 7th – 11th September 2015. The event, which coincides with the World Expo, is a trade mission from the UK for the creative industries sector. The week’s tailored business programme provides the tools and knowledge for businesses to seize opportunities for expansion overseas. Activities include a one-day thought leadership conference, a VIP networking reception, market briefings, one-to-one buyer meetings and a one day visit to the Expo 2015 and the UK Pavilion. The event is open to companies in the creative industries and education sectors whose product or service focuses on children/young people, event management and production companies, designers and architects in the supply chain of major world events.

Participation fee: £336 (+VAT)

To find out more, visit the website; email: or call:

+44 (0) 207 034 3266



Bologna Children’s Book Fair                                                             30th March – 2nd April 2015
The London Book Fair                                                                         14th – 16th April 2015

BookExpo America                                                                                27th – 29th May 2015

Beijing International Book Fair                                                           26th – 30th August 2015

Frankfurt Book Fair                                                                               14th – 18th October 2015

China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair                         13th – 15th November 2015

Guadalaraja International Book Fair                                                  28th November – 6th December 2015


An Introduction to Paper & Colour Printing                                       30th  March – 1 April 2015

Understanding BIC Subject Classification                                          28th April 2015               


Disruption, Development and Divestment                                         17th March 2015

Financial Management in Journals Publishing                                  20th March 2015

Digital Book Production Explained Training Course

Chippenham, Thursday, 19 March 2015

With print methods changing fast, it can be hard to keep up with the latest and best production opportunities. This day long course looks at the different digital print technologies and their applications, giving you a thorough understanding of the pros and cons of each and helping you to select the right method for your projects in the future. For more information please click here.