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PA's PR 12th October 2016

PA's PR 12th October 2016

Since the last edition of PA's PR, the PA and London Book Fair have announced the keynote speakers for the Building Inclusivity in Publishing Conference, publishers have started to develop a publishing apprenticeship standard ahead of the upcoming levy, and the firstBookshop Dayhas got off to a successful start. Meanwhile the PA is hosting several events at next week's Frankfurt Book Fair and the line-up for the PA/BESA education publishing conference has been released.


Diversity in publishing 
The PA and London Book Fair have announced Crystal Mahey-Morgan, founder of story-telling brand OWN IT!, and Robyn Travis, author of Mama Can’t Raise No Man, as keynote speakers at the Building Inclusivity in Publishing Conference. Read the full programme and book here. Meanwhile the Chief Executive of Penguin Random House UK, Tom Weldon, has warned that the book industry will "become irrelevant" if it continues to fail to reflect the society we live in. He was speaking as PRH held its first event as part of its #WriteNow initiative to mentor authors from under-represented communities.

Publishing Assistant apprenticeship 
The PA is working with a group of publishers, Creative Access and Creative & Cultural Skills to develop an apprenticeship standard for the publishing industry. We have submitted an expression of interest to the Department for Education. As part of the assessment process the DfE have placed all bids online for two weeks to give interested parties an opportunity to comment. We would be grateful if you could spend a few minutes reviewing our Publishing Assistant apprenticeship proposal so we can demonstrate industry-wide support. You can review the proposal here until 14th October.

First Bookshop Day a success 
Bookshops reported higher sales and more customers on the UK's first Bookshop Day on Saturday, which was launched this year as part of the Books Are My Bag campaign which is run jointly by the BA and the PA. Bookshop owners told the Bookseller that they were "inundated" with customers. The #bookshopday hashtag was trending at number one all day in the UK on Saturday, ahead of #TrumpTapes, reaching 7.5m accounts. Meanwhile the inaugural BAMB Readers Awards shortlist has been revealed. See the full shortlist here. The winners will be announced on 24th November.

PA activities at Frankfurt Book Fair 
The PA is hosting a number of events at the Frankfurt Book Fair, including a debate on the impact of Brexit on academic publishing, a session on the Marrakesh Treaty,  a breakfast on international copyright and a stand reception with London Book Fair and Nielsen on the Wednesday. Meanwhile the PA's Chief Executive Stephen Lotinga will be speaking at Markets 2016 about Brexit, our Campaigns Manager Seonaid Macleod will be speaking on diversity on the Friday at 10.30am at the Publishing Perspectives Stage and Emma House, the PA's Director of Publisher Relations, is speaking on the Friday at the IPA Education seminar.

Education Publishing Conference line-up 
The PA has confirmed Hugh Greenway, Chief Executive of mutli-academy trust Elliot Foundation, Professor John Howson, the MD of DataforEducation, and Naimish Gohil, CEO of Show my Homework, as speakers at its joint education publishing conference with BESA. The Shifting Landscapes conference, which takes place on 25th November, will focus on changes in the English schools system and how publishers are responding to them. Topics will include the shifting demographics of the classroom and what the place is for resources in multi-academy trusts. Find out more and register here.

NLT Director wins h.Club 100 award 
The Director of the National Literacy Trust Jonathan Douglas won the h.Club 100 publishing and writing award last week for his work campaigning for improved literacy in the UK and in driving forward the Read On. Get On. campaign. The PA's Seonaid Macleod was shortlisted for the award for her work championing Reading for Pleasure. Others on the shortlist included Richard Charkin, Executive Director of Bloomsbury Publishing and International Publishers Association President, Nikesh Shukla, editor of the Good Immigrant, and Jacks Thomas, Director of the London Book Fair. Read the full list of winners here

Showcase at the Sharjah International Book Fair 2016

The London Book Fair is offering UK companies the opportunity to have a presence at the Sharjah International Book Fair to promote books that you wish to export or sell rights for. The London Book Fair team will be responsible for printing your graphics onto the stand in Sharjah, and for taking collection of and displaying any books you wish to send. A bookshelf package costs £550 + VAT or a graphics panel (floor to top of stand) costs £400 + VAT. The deadline to take part is October 31st 2016. For more information or to find out how to take part, please contact Sheerin Aswat at the London Book Fair.



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