Star Speakers at Stirling

March 20th, 2011 | Posted in Blog | Comments Off on Star Speakers at Stirling

The Stirling International Centre for Publishing and Communication hosts regular visits from publishing professionals to complement its teaching programs and to give students real insights into the world of publishing. Recent star attractions have been Lynette Owen, rights director at Pearson; Willie Anderson of Wiley Blackwell; Jenny Brown, literary agent; and Marion Sinclair, CEO of Publishing Scotland. But we don’t just have famous names: publishing professionals from all areas of the business – editors, designers, printers, marketeers, distributors, writers and business managers – have come to speak to us and share their knowledge, wisdom and experience. We also encourage course alumni who have launched their own publishing careers to come back and speak, both to relate their experiences and to reflect on how the course has helped them in their work.

This semester’s list of speakers has been as interesting and exciting as previous ones. March came in like a lion, with a brilliant talk from Bob McDevitt of Hachette Scotland and an inspiring presentation from entrepreneur Kelly Wilson from LMK Publications. Later in the month we are looking forward to hearing from John Seaton, Canongate’s backlist and inventory manager on March 24; Malin Nauwerck, visiting PhD student from Sweden on April 7; Leah Gourley, editor at Perth-based publisher Prepress Projects on April 14; and Miriam Johnson, editor-at-large and founder of Jargon Media on April 21. The semester will be rounded off by Sarah Brear of the Copyright Licensing Agency on April 28.