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PA's PR 24th June 2015

PA's PR 24th June 2015



 The PA Comments on Nick Gibb’s Policy Exchange Speech

On 11th June, schools minister Nick Gibb gave a speech on the importance of academic subjects to delivering a fairer and more socially mobile society. His speech set out the Government’s plans to build on the previous reforms of the last Parliament. Commenting on Nick Gibb’s speech at the Policy Exchange, Richard Mollet said:
“We are delighted that the importance of textbooks and the value they bring to teaching and the classroom has been highlighted this evening by the Minister of State for Schools.  Education publishers continue to work closely with teachers and education specialists to produce high quality, pedagogically sound textbooks and teaching resources, which save teachers time and help them to deliver the curriculum across a range of subject areas and pupil ability.”  A full transcription of the speech can be found here. Full recordings of the speech are also available on Soundcloud  and YouTube
An Uber Moment for Publishing?
The PA’s Chief Executive, Richard Mollet, explores the development of self-publishing in the digital age in his latest blog post.  Will the industry face an Uber-style take over in the future? Find out more in his latest blog post available here.  


English PEN Provides More Support for Independent Publishers  
Last week English PEN announced increased funding opportunities for UK publishers through the PEN Translates award.  UK publishers with a turnover of less than £500,000 per annum will be eligible to apply for 100% of the translation costs of a book acquired from another language. This was previously only available for publishers with a turnover of less than £100,000 per annum. The most recent grants awarded in May 2015 includes a Tamil poetry anthology, a collection of short writing from Sudan, novels from Uruguay and the Democratic Republic of Congo, a children's fantasy novel from Denmark and a work of journalism from China. Emma House, Director of Publisher Relations at The Publishers Association and a member of the English PEN Writers in Translation Committee said:
“The work of English PEN is incredibly important to publishers and we are delighted that the threshold for 100% translations grants is being increased, so that many more publishers will be able to benefit from full grants.”
For more information about PEN Translates and how to apply, please click here
Independent Bookshop Week 2015 - Take part and join the celebration!



 TISP Smartbook
The TISP smartbook hosts a fantastic round-up of key themes at this year’s London Book Fair, looking at digital skills, mobile content, gamification and developments in ebooks. For more articles, including an analysis of partnerships between libraries and start-ups, visit the TISP smartbook.
The PA attended Readmagine in Madrid to hear from partners in digital distribution from around Europe. With inspiring talks from Tolino (Germany), Blendle (The Netherlands), Odilo (Spain), organisations had the chance to learn from some exciting distribution models, and take part in a discussion around e-libraries. 


Untold Stories, Unheard Voices: On Diversity in literature, 9th July 2015
With the perception being that publishing is still largely a white middle-class industry, accessed through unpaid internships that many young people simply can’t afford to work, and that publishers' tastes and the books they choose to publish shape our culture, yet still do not fully reflect it, what effect is this having on the stories that are getting through? What can we do about the voices and stories that are not being heard? Featuring a panel discussion with writer Kerry Hudson (Thirst), Alexandra Pringle, Group Editor-in-Chief of Bloomsbury, writer Nikesh Shulka (Meatspace), editor and Booker Judge, Ellah Wakatama Allfrey and from the floor, expert witness Danuta Kean, (author of the Spread the Word report ‘Writing the Future’) and audience Q&A, this event is part of a National Conversation taking place around the country being led by Writers’ Centre Norwich. To book tickets and for more information, please visit the website.  To have your say at the event or online please click here. @writerscentre #NatConv


China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair 
This year’s China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair will be running from 13th – 15th November 2015 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Centre, with participants including publishers, literary agents, illustrators, software designers, distributors, booksellers and many more. The PA is organising the UK Pavilion and is offering an exhibition package which includes stand, exhibitor passes, entry in the fair directory, bilingual stand assistants and more.  Further details and costs can be found on the booking form, to be returned by Friday 26th June, or by emailing Gloria Bailey  UKTI Grants of up to £2500 are available to help with costs.
Guadalajara International Book Fair, 28th November – 6th December 2015
The UK will be Guest of Honour at this year’s Guadalajara International Book Fair, as part of the 2015 UK/Mexico Year of Culture. This huge project is being overseen by the British Council in partnership with The Publishers Association and UK Trade & Investment. The centrepiece of the book fair will be a 1,705 sqm two story UK pavilion which will include a publishers’ exhibition/meeting area, a bookshop and an auditorium, and will invite visitors to “Discover the UK”.  Thirty authors will take part in the literary, Fil Niños and academic programmes and on each of the nine nights, Fil Forum outside the hall, will host a different performance; from indie popular to classical music, theatre and dance.  In and around Guadalajara there will be two contemporary visual arts exhibitions and a festival of recent UK films.  For more information about the stand and how to apply for UKTI funding for this fair, please click here.
Call for Entries: British Book design and production Awards 2015
The British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), Oxford Brookes University, The Publishers Association and The Bookseller are calling for entries to the British Book Design and Production Awards 2015. These are the only industry awards to promote and acknowledge the excellence and craftsmanship of the British book design and production industry.   All books published between 1st July 2014 and 30th June 2015 are eligible for entry in this year’s awards. There are 17 categories including; literature, digital, limited edition, educational, children’s, trade, self-publishing and interactive multimedia. There is also a category for aspiring students to enter their work, with the chance to win a cheque for £500 as well as a short internship with a leading designer, publisher or printer. The deadline for entries is Tuesday 30th June 2015.
The awards will be presented at a dazzling ceremony on 26th November 2015 at the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel in London. For further details on the awards please go to or contact Heena Bulsara at the BPIF on 0207 915 8338 or
Gateway Asia II Funding Support 
Gateway Asia II provides fully funded support, worth in excess of £3000, for UK SMEs looking to access India. Working with UK India Business Council and Harrow College, Gateway Asia II provides free support through 1-2-1 advice, online tutorials, practical resources, and seminars. If you’ve already been accepted onto the programme click here. Fully funded spaces are limited to less than 130 and applications will be processed on a first come first serve basis. In order to qualify for the grant your company must:-
• Have a turnover of less than £35 million.
• Have less than 250 employees.
• Have a London office or address.
Applicants do not require any previous experience of exporting or doing business abroad and can be from any sector. If your company fits these three criteria then contact one of UK India Business Council’s India advisers on 0800 0196 176 or +44 (0) 207 592 3853 to apply.


London Digital Book Printing Forum, June 25th 2015
Organised annually by INTERQUEST since 2010, the London Digital Book Publishing Printing Forumprovides an update on key trends on the book market, the evolution of the supply chain and book manufacturing, as well as the status and inroads of digital printing. The event will take place from 9:00 – 17:00 on June 25th at The Royal Society. Speakers include Gilles Biscos, Founder and President of INTERQUEST, John Conley, Vice President of Publishing and Commercial Print at Xerox and Simon Crump, Head of Production Supply Chain at CUP. The programme for the event are available here and for more details and registration please visit the website.
Transforming Institutional Publishing;  Sharing Best Practices, 29th June 2015
This one-day event, sponsored by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) and the Interinstitutional Publishing  Committee of the EU will be held in Brussels on 29 June from 9.30am.  It will feature keynotes from speakers from the EU and IDPF, and sessions on workflow, discoverability and accessibility.  The day costs  €149 Euro inc VAT. 

Mathematically Thinking - ACME Conference 9th July 2015
The Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME) is running a conference, Mathematically Thinking, at The Royal Society on 9 July 2015. Minister for Schools Nick Gibb will give a policy Keynote, Warwick Mansell will chair a question-time panel of Sharon Witherspoon (Nuffield Foundation), Mike Warriner (Google), Sue Johnston-Wilder (University of Warwick) and Professor Richard Craster (Imperial College, and Chair of the A Level Content Advisory Board ALCAB).  Breakout groups will tackle topics including mathematical thinking at different stages, and assessment of problem solving and reasoning.  To close, Professor Kevin Buzzard, Professor of Pure Maths, Imperial College will give a Mathematics Keynote.   Places are £75.  

Great Week: The World in One Place, 7th – 11th September 2015
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. To find out more, visit thewebsite; email: or call:
+44 (0) 207 034 3266
ALPSP Conference and Awards, 9th-11th September 2015 
Join ALPSP for their flagship annual event, where expert speakers will offer a range of viewpoints to provoke debate and discussion on the key industry issues in today’s market, as well as in the future.   AnEarly bird discount is offered if you book by 19 June. Submissions are also now being accepted for the 2015 ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing. So, if you have a new project, journal, tool or service that deserves recognition make sure you send your application in by 12 June.   Click here for FULL DETAILS.
The Booksellers Association Conference and Gardners Tradeshow, 20th – 21st September 2015
This year’s conference is all about the value of books and bookshops and the revaluation of books and bookshops in the mind of consumers, the industry, the media and beyond. For more information including sponsorship opportunities at the BA Conference contact and visit the website

BIC Training and Events
An Introduction to Production                                           9th July 2015
Shipping Explained                                                            28th July 2015
Metadata for Beginners                                                     23rd July 2015      
Pre-press for Publishing                                                   12th August 2015
Ebook Creation                                                                   13th August 2015
Bibliographic Metadata & ONIX                                        3rd September 2015

BIC Blogs
BIC would love to receive your feedback on its training courses and, for a limited time only, if you are prepared to write a BIC Blog (minimum 500 words) about any training course you attend within two weeks of attending the course, BIC is offering your organisation 10% off the next training course they book. For more information about this offer, contact Alaina-Marie Bassett at:

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 Dec2015

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