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Publishing with English BA(Hons): Who teaches this course

Experienced industry professionals and inspirational teachers

The academic staff team is made up of publishing practitioners, published authors and scholars of English literature who have worked at and been published by a range of publishers and related content providers, and who, with their wide experience of all aspects of the industry, embody a creative and entrepreneurial approach to publishing education. The lecturers combine teaching and research with their own professional work and writing, enabling them to bring the experience of contemporary publishing into the classroom.The programme is supported by regular guest lecturers and specialist tutors in practical and design skills

Staff teaching on this course

Alison Baverstock, Associate Professor

Dr Alison Baverstock is an associate professor in publishing. She researches and writes about publishing, how to get published, and marketing within the book trade. Her text How to Market Books, is in its fifth edition, and is often referred to as the 'bible' of book marketing. It is used as the basis of publishing education worldwide.

A regular commentator in the press on book-related issues, Alison has written for The Bookseller, Mslexia and has a regular column in Writer's Forum. She is also a contributor to The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook.

Alison speaks regularly at conferences for writers and publishers and at many literary festivals. She has run seminars for The Society of Authors on how to best work with agents and publishers, and trained generations of publishers to promote books and writing. In 2007 she received the prestigious Pandora Award, presented annually to a woman who has made a valuable contribution to the publishing industry. She also won an award for her work with Reading Force a shared reading project based in the services community to promote more effective communication through families reading together.

Alison is module leader for Marketing and Communications in Publishing(Level 6), Do: Work Placements, Networking and Career Planning, Share: Strategic Marketing and Sales (Level 7), Publishing Dissertation (Level 7). She is the course leader for Publishing with English BA(Hons).


Emma Tait, Lecturer

Emma Tait is a freelance editor and project manager with a wealth of experience commissioning commercial non-fiction having spent 20 years working in house in major UK publishing houses. During 2017 two titles Emma worked on were Sunday Times number-one bestsellers: Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon and Brand New Me by Charlotte Crosby. A former publisher at Headline (Hachette), she has also worked at Boxtree and Channel 4 Books (Pan Macmillan), Pavillion Books and BBC Books.

Emma is module leader on How Publishing Works (Level 4), Practical Publishing (Level 5), Create: The Business of Publishing (Level 7). Make: Content Development and Production (Level 7) and Practical Publishing Project (Level 7). Emma is the course leader for MA Publishing.


Clare Somerville

Clare Somerville's career in the publishing industry spans over 30 years, much of it in the realm of children's and educational publishing.

Clare entered publishing as a marketing copywriter for Penguin Books. Since then she has worked in a variety of senior and board-level international sales, marketing and commercial roles for many of the major publishing houses including Transworld, Reed Elsevier, Egmont, and Harlequin, where she set up and ran their South Asian operation. Until the end of 2016, she was Deputy Managing Director/Commercial Director of the Hachette Children's Group and continues to work for Hachette UK as a consultant on data protection.

Clare has been involved with Kingston University for over ten years as a course validator, external examiner, industry advisor and guest lecturer on the MA Publishing course, and has been a regular lecturer and speaker at universities and industry events both in the UK and overseas. She was a member of the publishers' committee of the Reading Agency literacy charity for over ten years and was runner-up in the Pandora Women in Publishing Innovation Award.

Claire is module leader for Publishing in Context (Level 4) and Contemporary Critical Issues in Publishing (Level 5).

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