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Publishing possibilities

13 March 2020

As part of last week’s World Book Day, Year 12 students enjoyed an interactive careers workshop with one of the world’s leading publishing companies.

Using the book, Taking Up Space by Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi, representatives from Penguin Random House introduced our sixth formers to different jobs within publishing. Our students were each randomly assigned a role, including posts such as editorial, marketing and publicity, sales, design, and digital development, and given 15 minutes to prepare a pitch, based on that role, relating to Taking Up Space. For example, Valentina, as a digital developer, suggested using podcasts and audio books to build a platform and using influencers, aimed at the target age group, to promote the book.

Our sixth formers learnt that publishing provides a range of varied and involving careers, with roles from book editors to literary agents and from copy writers to sales positions. All participating students were given a copy of Taking Up Space, plus an overview of entry-level opportunities at Penguin Random House, including paid work experience and internships.

While Random House was founded in the 1920s, and Penguin Books in the 1930s, the two companies came together in 2013 to form the first truly global book publishing company. They are jointly responsible for some of the greatest popular books ever published, having worked with celebrated authors like Sylvia Plath, George Orwell, and Virginia Woolf, and, more recently, Zadie Smith, Dan Brown, Malorie Blackman and Philip Pullman.

Thanks to Mr Chapman for organising this informative event for our students! Don’t forget that more fun activities and events are planned at Westminster City School for World Book Week, running from Monday 16 to Friday 20 March.


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