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If you had £500K* to change the face of publishing, what would you do with it?

Posted on September 6, 2017 in News & Reviews, Oxford

A simple question with a myriad of answers. We want to hear yours! At this year’s SYP conference, we’re exploring how the industry deals with issues around ethics, sustainability, and …

Spotlight: ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’ by Arundhati Roy

Posted on August 25, 2017 in News & Reviews, Oxford

‘To me, there is nothing higher than fiction. Nothing. It is fundamentally who I am. I am a teller of stories. For me, that’s the only way I can make …

August Publishing Round Up

Posted on August 25, 2017 in News & Reviews, Oxford

What an exciting month for publishing! The Edinburgh International Book Festival did their bit to make the masses part with their cash; Trump helped put a damper on Amazon sales; Quarto …

10 Contemporary Scottish Writers you should have Read

Posted on July 31, 2017 in News & Reviews, Oxford

Rabbie Burns, Bobby Stevenson, and Walt Scott are so 19th century! Ahead of the Edinburgh Festival next month we thought we’d bring you up-to-date with the current literary scene in …

The Art of Archiving

Posted on July 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

An archive can vary in substance and appearance from a beautifully bound set of books and documents to a few boxes of papers and hand-written notes. Some are digital, date-sorted …

Spotlight: ‘Hag-Seed’ by Margaret Atwood

Posted on July 31, 2017 in News & Reviews, Oxford

‘Whenever people ask me that inevitable question, “Who’s your favourite author?” I always say “Shakespeare”.’ Margaret Atwood The fourth novel to be released in Vintage’s Hogarth Shakespeare enterprise, Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed is a …

July Publishing Round Up

Posted on July 25, 2017 in News & Reviews, Oxford

Easyjet Launches ‘Flybraries’ Children’s Book Club The perfect solution to keeping kids entertained on flights, without fellow passengers having to listen to sociopathic birds killing pigs on ipads—headphones anyone? On …

Our Ten Favourite Book-Related Moments with ‘Friends’

Posted on July 14, 2017 in News & Reviews, Oxford

It’s hard to believe it’s been 13 years since the last episode aired. The Friends were all avid readers—after all, the first piece of furniture Chandler and Joey put together …

New for 2017: SYP Skills Workshops

Posted on July 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

Writing a Marketing Plan Here at the SYP, we’re always looking for new and exciting ways to help our members connect and progress. Earlier this year, the London Committee launched …

The Handmaid’s Tale

Posted on July 7, 2017 in News & Reviews, Oxford

‘Some books haunt the reader. Others haunt the writer. The Handmaid’s Tale has done both.’ Margaret Atwood Great dystopian literature will never cease to give us goose bumps from Orwell’s Nineteen …

Publishing Round Up: June

Posted on June 30, 2017 in News & Reviews, Oxford

We can’t believe June’s over already? If you feel like it was lost in a haze of equal measures of hot and dreich weather, here’s the run down of what …

Spotlight: ‘Men Without Women’ by Haruki Murakami

Posted on June 30, 2017 in News & Reviews, Oxford

‘You are a pastel-coloured Persian carpet, and loneliness is a Bourdeaux wine stain that won’t come out.’ I was in a bookstore a couple of days ago and a woman bogarting …