Students get the inside word on the publishing industry
(Front L-R) Becky Nana Ayebia Clarke of Ayebia, Nii Parkes of Flipped Eye Publishing, Jeremy Poynting of Peepal Tree Press and Kadija George of Sable Litmag - (Back L-R) Dr Lucy Evans and Dr Corinne Fowler.
An innovative new course module available to our third year English undergraduates a unique opportunity to acquire hands-on experience within the publishing industry.
The optional module, Transcultural Writing and the Publishing Industry, aims to prepare students for work in the book and magazine trade by setting up 'e-placements' with twelve independent publishers. These e-placements will involve carrying out work online for their employers – including editing, publicity and online marketing - as well as having face-to-face meetings and guidance. In addition, students will look at how recent bestselling novels have been marketed and the ways in which publicity has impacted on how readers have interpreted these books.
Dr Lucy Evans and Dr Corinne Fowler from our School of English used their own contacts in the publishing industry to plan the semester-long module, which is believed to be unique.
The selected publishers include Caribbean, Black British and South Asian publisher Peepal Tree Press, the award-winning not-for-profit Flipped Eye Publishing, literary magazine Sable LitMag and African and Caribbean specialists Ayebia.