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PA's PR 23rd July 2015

PA's PR 23rd July 2015

23rd July 2015

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Book Yourself In: First Academic Book Week Events Announced
Blackwells, The British Library, Palgrave Macmillan and The University of Nottingham among the first to announce events to tie in with #AcBookWeek. All academic publishers, booksellers, researchers, libraries and institutions urged to sign up and host events. ABW is seeking academic booksellers, publishers, libraries and researchers to host events from 9-16 November celebrating the first-ever Academic Book Week. The week will bring all of these groups together to celebrate the diversity, innovation and influence of academic books and debate the key issues facing academic books in current and future contexts. Read more here…



NLT Report Links Literacy to Good Health
The National Literacy Trust has published a new report which highlights the link between literacy and health. The report, Understanding the role of literacy in public health, explores how improving literacy skills can empower individuals to take control of their health, leading to reductions in health inequalities and pressure on public service. Coverage of the report is available The Bookseller here…


Good practice examples from Ofsted on improving boys’ literacy skills

Good practice examples from the Greenfield Children’s Centre show how a meticulous approach to assessment can; identify gaps between different groups and narrow the gap between boys and girls especially in literacy. They form part of eight examples from Ofsted which showcase good practice in early years and support their recent report Teaching and play in early years: a balancing act?.
Commonwealth Business Forum seeks Ed Tech delegation sponsorship
Any sponsor who would like to support an Ed Tech delegation to Malta as part of this year’s Commonwealth Business Forum (24-26 November 2015) is invited to contact The PA for further information at  The Forum is held during the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting and gives a platform for dialogue and trade discussion between business and the 53 Commonwealth governments.


UKLA Book Award 2015 Winners Announced
On July 10th 2015 the winners of the UK Literacy Association Book Awards were announced. Over 66 teacher-judges had to shortlist and choose the books which they believed would best enhance literacy learning in the classroom and encourage a love of reading amongst their pupils. This year’s winners in the three age-group categories were; David Levithan (12-16+) Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre (7-11 category) and Drew Daywalt. For more information please visit the website
CLPE Poetry Award 2015 Winner Announced
Performance poet and playwright Joseph Coelho has been awarded £1000 as winner of the CLiPPA 2015. His first solo collection of poems ‘Werewolf Club Rules!’ illustrated by John O’Leary was published by Francis Lincoln. Joseph will also receive a specially bound copy of the publication designed and hand bound by bookbinder Mark Cockram.


UKTI Business Opportunities Help UK Publishers Develop Overseas
UK publishers seeking export leads and opportunities in new markets can now register for a new UKTI service.  Business Opportunities is a website that helps companies to find overseas, contracts, tenders and projects. Each month hundreds of opportunities are made available on the website for the publishing industry and across other sectors.  Read more here… 
Educational Publishers needed for LiberCloud
LiberCloud is a Collaboration and Content Management System for teachers and students. They are currently seeking Educational Publishers for partner and support opportunities. LiberCloud with be available to hold meetings in the London office (based in Piccadilly) to present and discuss the product in further detail in September 2015. For more information or to arrange an appointment please email Roberto Formenti:


 PA People Database

The PA is looking to create a bank of interesting and personable people in publishing in their first few years within the industry, who would enjoy being given the chance to inspire young people and educate them about the range of jobs available. We’d like to compile a list which we can draw on for video interviews, blogs, career profiles, top tips, and school and university visits. Any job type will be welcomed: it’s about the variety in publishing, and is aimed at a broad demographic. We want to reach those who have never heard of publishing, who have rejected it as a career because they don’t see a space for themselves in the industry, or who haven’t yet decided which career path to take within the industry.
Needless to say, this ‘people database’ is open to everyone, whatever your background, education level, or previous experience. If you’re interested, please get in touch with, with the e-mail subject header People Database.


Taking the Long View: International Perspectives on E-Journal Archiving, 7 September 2015
Organised as part of the Jisc-supported Keepers Extra project, this conference will discuss potential global collaboration to increase preservation coverage. The conference will be held at the University of Edinburgh. To register and for more information please visit the website

14th Ebooks Conference, 9 October 2015
The 14th annual Ebooks Conference will be held on Friday 9 October at the University of  Strathclyde, Glasgow. Early bird bookings for £90 excl. VAT close on 31 July; after that places will cost £110 excl. VAT (or £140 excl. VAT for attendees from commercial organisations.)  Click through for the programme and registration.  Organisers are the Scottish Library & Information Council (SLIC) in conjunction with the Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL) and Jisc Scotland. 

More Dates For Your Diary

 ALPSP Training Courses

Working Effectively with Authors & Editors                                     22nd Sept 2015
Business Development Workshop: Scoping New Markets         1st Oct 2015
Introduction to Journals Publishing                                                   21st Oct 2015
BIC Training Courses 
Shipping Explained                                       28th July 2015
Metadata for Beginners                              23rd July 2015                                  
Pre-press for Publishing                              12th Aug 2015
Book Fairs  
Beijing International Book Fair                                              26th – 30th Aug 2015
Frankfurt Book Fair                                                                   14th – 18th Oct 2015
China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair        13th – 15th Nov 2015
Guadalajara International Book Fair                                   28th Nov – 6th Dec 2015

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