Independent Publishing Events

May 30th, 2011 by Claire_Squires | Posted in Blog | Comments Off on Independent Publishing Events
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The Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication, in association with the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, is running a series of seminars over the summer in Glasgow on the topic of Independent Publishing: Making and Preserving Culture in a Global Literary Marketplace. The seminars will feature a mix of publishers and others in the book trade, from Scotland and across Europe, and also of academics and other commentators on the industry. The three seminars will be:

 9-10 June Digital Technologies and Publishing (keynote speaker: Chris Meade, Director of the Institute for the Future of the Book on ‘The Amplified Author in the Unlibrary’)

23-24 June Globalisation and Independent Publishing (keynote speaker: Professor Simon Gikandi, Princeton University on ‘Scenes of Reading in the Global Literary Marketplace: Some Postcolonial Reflections)

 22-23 August Cultural Policy (keynote speaker: André Schiffrin, publisher and author of The Business of Books and Words and Money; in association with Publishing Scotland and the Edinburgh International Book Festival

All events are free, but registration is required. You can register direct for the keynote lectures by clicking on the following links: Chris Meade (9 June); Simon Gikandi (23 June). If you would like to attend the seminars in full, please send an email to publishing [@] and we will send you a registration link. More details are available from the Programme website.

Publishing graduate appears on Chinese TV

May 26th, 2011 by Claire_Squires | Posted in Blog | Comments Off on Publishing graduate appears on Chinese TV
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We previously reported on the publishing phenomenon that was the Royal Wedding.

Now, Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication graduate Lucy Ren has had a starring role on Chinese TV commenting on the Royal Wedding. In addition to lending her perspective to chat shows, she also talked about the experience of studying at a Scottish university, though Stirling rather than St Andrews.

She’s pictured here in a screen shot from one of the shows she appeared on.

Saltire Scholarships for International Students

May 26th, 2011 by Claire_Squires | Posted in Blog | Comments Off on Saltire Scholarships for International Students

If you’re from Canada, China, India or the USA, and are thinking of joining us on the MLitt in Publishing Studies or MSc in International Publishing Management at the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication in September 2011, you are eligible to apply for a Saltire Scholarship of £2000.

Please see the University’s information about this scholarship scheme. The deadline for applications is 17 June 2011.

For details of scholarships for Home/EU students, see our recent News item on AHRC scholarships.

AHRC studentships available

May 16th, 2011 by Claire_Squires | Posted in Blog | Comments Off on AHRC studentships available
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If you’re thinking of joining us to study in the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication, we’re pleased to announce that Publishing is included in the Arts and Humanities Consortium of the University of Stirling and the University of Strathclyde.

We have fully funded AHRC studentships available for study in 2011-12, including for the MLitt in Publishing Studies, MSc in International Publishing Management, and MRes in Publishing Studies.

For more details on the awards, see the Consortium website:

The deadline is Friday 10 June 2011, and please note that you must have made a full application for a place on the course by that date.

We’ll have similar awards for entry in 2012 and 2013, so if you’re not ready to join us yet, do check back next year!

For details of Saltire Scholarships for students from Canada, China, India and the USA, please see this News item.

Katrina Melvin, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2010

May 9th, 2011 by prm | Posted in Alumni | Comments Off on Katrina Melvin, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2010

I worked as an English teacher in Asia for six years before I joined Stirling University. I enjoyed my life, but I knew it was time for me to do something different, to get a “proper job”. I’d done some freelance editing and copywriting here and there, but never had the opportunity to go into it full time. So, I did a bit of research online and found about Stirling’s publishing course, which has an excellent reputation and seemed to be a great way to get a foot in the door of the publishing industry. I then visited the department and was really impressed by the curriculum and the enthusiasm of the staff.

Going back to university after having worked for a few years was quite scary – I wasn’t sure if my brain had turned to mush since last time I wrote an essay or took an exam. Luckily it hadn’t: I also realised I was more motivated than I ever was as an undergraduate, and found my work experience to be valuable in several ways. The dissertation was the thing that terrified me the most, but in the end it is the thing I most enjoyed. I was really pleased to get the dissertation prize at the end of the year, and I’m now working on publishing one chapter of my dissertation as a stand-alone article.

I learned a lot during my time at Stirling – of course, there’s a lot you can only learn about the industry by going out and getting a job, but the course gave me a great foundation and a definite advantage in the job market. (I’m sure I wouldn’t have got as many interviews if it wasn’t for the MLitt.)

My time at Stirling went by so quickly, and I can hardly believe it’s been a year now since I handed in my dissertation. Since then, I’ve come back to Malaysia and I’m now working for a small publisher here. But, I’ve got my eye on Singapore or Hong Kong and hope to make a move sometime soon – Singapore in particular is home to the Asia Pacific offices of many multinational publishers, and with so much growth and development in Asia at the moment, I think the already-established publishing industry there will offer many opportunities in the near future – I recommend publishing graduates check it out – it’s as much of a rat race as London, but at least you race the race in the sun!

The fastest book in the world?

May 3rd, 2011 by Claire_Squires | Posted in Blog | Comments Off on The fastest book in the world?
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Last Friday the UK and the rest of the world was gripped by Royal Wedding fever. But what was the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication most excited about?

No, not the swathe of pre-wedding books celebrating, commemorating and occasionally parodying the Royal couple, and our obsession with them: Daisy Meadow’s Kate the Royal Wedding Fairy, Fiona Goble’s Knit Your Own Royal Wedding and (should you really need it) The Royal Wedding for Dummies, among others.

No, what got us going was Michael O’Mara‘s world record attempt at the fastest book in the world. Into the bookshops in less than 72 hours after the wedding, Andrew Morton’s William & Catherine: Their Lives, Their Wedding, is currently under consideration at Guiness World Records for the fastest book out of the blocks. Much of the content had already been prepared before the wedding, but Morton and the Michael O’Mara team held the presses to get those all important shots of the happy couple on the front cover and into final pages. Will they also end up in the record books, the bestseller lists and the Guiness Book of Records? We wait to see…