The 22nd Educational Publishing Awards

The 22nd Educational Publishing Awards Australia (EPAAs) were held at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne on Thursday 17th September. Organised by the Australian Publishers Association, the EPAAs celebrate excellence in educational publishing and exemplify the work publishers devote to producing world-class educational resources. More than ever before, they also showcase innovative development and delivery of digital content.

Oxford University Press Australia was honoured to have six titles shortlisted across the Secondary and Tertiary categories. We are thrilled to announce have won the Secondary: Reference Resource category with the Oxford Australian Curriculum Atlas +obook/assess.

Winner:  Secondary: Reference Resource with the Oxford Australian Curriculum Atlas +obook/assess by Peter Van Noorden

9780195526943 awardFrom the judges: “The Oxford Australian Curriculum Atlas offers a blended learning solution to meet the exact requirements of the
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urriculum: Geography for years 7-10. The judging panel was particularly impressed by the way in which comprehensive content is delivered in a format that is engaging, relevant and contemporary. The judges felt this atlas is set apart from other atlases due to outstanding digital offerings such as interactive maps and statistical content. The harmony between the print and digital versions of the product, along with the stunning images and makes, make this a complete reference package for students studying geography.”


9780195597691Secondary: Student Resource – Junior
MyMaths QLD
Jennifer Nolan, Melanie Koetsveld, Sonja Stambulic

9780195523102Tertiary (Wholly Australian): Student Resource
Ethical Practice in Applied Psychology
Christopher Boyle, Nicolas Gamble

9780195525052Tertiary (Wholly Australian): Teaching and Learning Resource
Connecting with Law
Third edition
Michelle Sanson, Thalia Anthony

9780195525601Consumer Behaviour in Action
Peter Ling, Steven D’Alessandro, Hume Winzar


Highly Commended

9780195594492Secondary: Student Resource – Junior
Total Food
Leanne Compton, Carrol Warren

A huge congratulations to all involved in the winning and shortlisted titles.

View the complete list of Educational Publishing Awards Australian 2015.

Adventures in the Frozen North

Our books are all about different characters and different places, but they all have one thing in common: they are about ADVENTURES. And we have adventures while we’re making them. As you can see below, we’re ready for anything. Our latest outfits are designed for travelling to the Arctic, where the latest book, Pugs of the Frozen North, is set. If you’ll read it, you’ll find that all sorts of adventures lie in wait there, from hungry krakens to tasty snow-noodles which might turn you into a yeti…

Frozen North costumes

Some of Sarah’s relatives have a house in Alaska, in a small town called Seldovia. That inspired the town of Snowdovia, which is the starting point for an extremely adventurous sled-race to the North Pole in Pugs of the Frozen North. The picture in blue below is the one that appears in the finished book, and the others show how Sarah developed it from a very simple sketch, to a rough sketch, and then the finished pen-and-ink drawing.

Sarah's drawings

Sometimes, to save Sarah some time, Philip does the rough drawing and then Sarah finishes it in her own style. Here’s a yeti rough by Sarah, and a kraken rough by Philip. (You can check through the book and see if you can spot the other pages which Philip drew the rough for, but we’re not telling!) Making a book together is quite an adventure in itself.
Sarah's drawings 2

When we’re not busy writing and drawing we try to have real adventures, too. Sometimes they have to be quite small adventures. When Sarah is working too hard to go off exploring, she stays in her studio and explores strange new flavours by doing the #MYSTERYDRINK CHALLENGE, in which she tastes strange soft drinks so that the rest of us don’t have to. She says that so far, most of them have been Quite Nice. She hasn’t found any that have turned her into a yeti yet, but if one does, we’re prepared.

Mystery drink

Yeti repellent

Sometimes we find time to go on big adventures, too. This summer, Philip’s family went to stay with stay with Sarah’s family in the USA. Here we are hiking in the Cascade Mountains. Who knows what future book ideas that will spark off? (As you can see, the hike was a bit too much for Philip’s son Sam…).


hiking 2

We came back to England to start our next adventure – touring all over the country to tell people about Pugs of the Frozen North. You can find a list of the events we’ll be doing in England. And if you want to know how to draw your own pug, here’s Sarah’s step-by-step guide.

Happy adventures!

Reeve & McIntyre


Philip Reeve wrote his first story at the tender age of five about spaceman called Spike and his dog Spook. He is now best known for his Mortal Engines quartet but is also a talented illustrator and has illustrated several titles in the Horrible Histories series.
You can find out more about Philip’s books here:
Sarah McIntyre once applied for a job as a ship’s rigger, intending to run away to sea, but instead, she found herself studying illustration at Camberwell College of Arts and graduated in 2007. She has since become a writer and illustrator of children’s books, picture books and comics.
She also blogs prolifically, and aims to post on her blog every day:

Originally posted on the Oxford Children’s Books Voices

Spotlight on: Amanda Louey, Editor

We’re very proud of our books here at Oxford Australia, and we’re even more proud of the hard work that goes into creating the perfect textbook or digital product. There are a lot of different people involved in getting a book from conception to consumer; today in Spotlight On we introduce you to Amanda Louey, an Editor with our Secondary Education division.

Amanda LoueyName: Amanda Louey
Title: Editor
When did you start at Oxford: 1 April, 2014 (wasn’t an April Fool’s joke!)
Sum up your job in 3 words: Multitasker, grammar-fiend, lolly-addict (I cheated and listed three phrases!)

What are your day-to-day tasks?

I start my day by answering emails; these mostly have to do with my projects and communicating with freelancers, the publishers or Production/Design. I’ll then move onto my projects and my varied, but never-ending to-do list, which is a project in itself to keep track of! (Currently mine is in the form of a bullet journal because colouring in boxes makes me happy.) This may consist of proofreading marketing material, styling manuscripts, checking page layouts, preparing obooks (our digital books) or editing worksheets. In my down-time I’ll work on our team goal of improving our processes and seeing where we could improve efficiency, or cleaning out my inbox because too many unallocated items makes me anxious (slight OCD tendencies are the norm in Editorial, the lollies help with stress).

What product or project are you most proud of working on?

A senior English workbook titled ‘Senior English Skills Builder’ – it was the first project I managed on my own from start to finish!

What is your favourite thing about working in publishing?

Once I began studying my undergrad at uni, I knew the publishing industry was where I wanted to be. From there I tailored my course so that I would end up with skills I felt would be most valuable as an editor (i.e. numerous grammar units). Having recently been promoted from Editorial Assistant to Editor after a year at OUP, I feel like I’ve actually made it and all my hard work has paid off. I’m using the skills and knowledge I practised at uni and actually being a part of the publishing process is amazing, particularly one with such a clear purpose: to create and supply materials that allow the best of student learning. In relation to education publishing in particular, I love being able to dabble in each subject area – except Maths, that’s one thing that hasn’t changed since high school! I hope to have an impressive general knowledge trivia bank in the future!

What advice would you give to someone interested in a role like yours?

Internships are key. There are many independent presses that will often take voluntary interns. Even if it’s just an admin role, it allows you to experience the publishing process first hand and see which aspect might be the best fit for you. Publishing isn’t just about editors; there’s design, production, digital, marketing and business aspects that can each be broken down into individual roles and this isn’t necessary clear whilst you’re studying. Internships also help you kick start your network – everyone knows everyone in publishing – not to mention it’s great to list on your resume! Additionally look out for opportunities to dabble in small scale publishing such as newsletters, blogs and student magazines.

What are you reading right now?

I’m in-between books at the moment, but I just read ‘We are all completely beside ourselves’ by Karen Joy Fowler. A surprisingly great read centred around family – and I’ll say no more lest I spoil it for someone!

Connecting with Law Short Film Competition 2015 Winners

HE_CWL_2015_WEB_FB_FAThe ‘Connecting with Law Short Film Competition’ is an annual event run by Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand. Now in its seventh year, the ‘Connecting with Law Short Film Competition’ runs from March to July and is open to all students currently enrolled in an Australian law school. Over the years, the competition has proven to be a unique way to encourage students to connect with the law and make a contribution to legal education in Australia.

This year, students were invited to make a two- to five-minute film exploring the 2015 theme, ‘bring your favourite case to life’. The standard of entries submitted was very impressive and the winners were those judged to be the most creative, instructive and original. They demonstrated an ability to understand and analyse case law, and will help to educate and entertain Australian law students. We are pleased to share the winning entries:

1st prize winner: Chester v Waverly Council (1939) 62 CLR 1
Ray Waterhouse, Nikita Vidyaev, Bella Noon, Ben O’Sullivan & Molly-Anne Clark (University of Notre Dame, Sydney)

Donoghue v Stevenson is the dawn of the modern law of negligence. Just seven years later, the High Court considered a negligence claim made by Mrs Chester. Her young boy, Maxie, drowned in a flooded council trench. She witnessed his body being lifted from the trench and suffered nervous shock as a result. Her claim failed in the High Court because the majority said that it was not foreseeable that a mother would suffer nervous shock in those circumstances.

Justice Evatt dissented. He found her reaction entirely foreseeable. He was the only judge to identify Maxie by name. He humanised Mrs Chester and her loss. The power of his dissent has resonated down the years. His reasoning was vindicated by Justice Deane in Jaensch v Coffey in 1984 and by Justice Gaudron in Annetts v Australian Stations Pty Limited in 2002. Evatt J’s judgment illustrates the importance of dissenting judgements – sometimes their reasoning is picked up by later judgements and becomes the law. His judgement was more forward looking than the blinkered legalisms of the majority. In the words of Deane J, Evatt’s judgement was plainly to be preferred to that of the majority.

2nd prize winner: An Expert’s Opinion on his Ordinary Observation: The Case of Honeysett
Jonathan Mo (University of New South Wales)

3rd prize winner: Precisely Nothing: Fagan v Metropolitan Police Commissioner
Lauren Stefanou & Rebecca Ward (University of New South Wales)

Interested in participating next year? Stay tuned to our website for more details about the 9th ‘Connecting with Law Short Film Competition’ in 2016.

Stephanie Swain
Higher Education – Product and Marketing Specialist, OUP ANZ

Oxford Word of the Month – September: CUB

CUB – noun: an affluent bogan.

In an article in the Australian newspaper under the headline ‘Bogan is not a dirty word’, Terry Barnes wrote about the people who live in his south-east Melbourne suburb of Patterson Lakes:

‘Patto’s’ culture is dominated by so-called cashed-up bogans (CUBs), people mostly educated in the University of Life, predominantly tradies and their families who are very good at earning money and enjoy conspicuously the material comforts that it buys. (11 January 2013)

CUB is an acronym from cashed-up bogan. In Australian English cashed-up is an adjective meaning ‘well supplied with money’, and dates from the 1920s. At that time it was often applied to men who had received their pay cheques and had the money to splurge on alcohol and a night on the town. The second element, bogan, emerged in mid-1980s Australian youth slang, and referred to a person, especially one from a working-class background, regarded as uneducated and unsophisticated.

For much of bogan’s history it has been a pejorative word, directed, for example, at people receiving welfare payments, or those considered to be ‘dole bludgers’. Added to this was the perception of bogans as lacking in taste; the typical bogan was associated with flannelette shirts, ugg-boots, and the mullet hairstyle.  But in recent years the pejorative nature of bogan has lost its edge. Now it is often used with some affection, applied to a person more traditionally considered a larrikin in Australia—that is, someone having a healthy disregard for authority and convention. Our attitude to bogan has changed, with television series such as Bogan Pride (2008) and Upper Middle Bogan (2013) acknowledging the role and identity of bogans in mainstream Australian culture.

When CUB first appeared in the early years of this century the term carried the negative associations of bogan. In the earliest evidence CUBs are regarded as Australia’s nouveau riche, with all the snobbery that term implies:

Crawford does his best to debunk the theory that footy players are nothing more than CUBS—Cashed up bogans. (Melbourne Herald Sun, 14 July 2004)

The amelioration of the older term bogan may also be happening to CUB. Terry Barnes’ newspaper article quoted above is suggestive of this. He describes CUBs in sympathetic terms as having the traditional working-class values of hard work and family life, but aspiring to the material wealth and upward mobility more often associated with the middle class:

CUBs in places like Patto can be conspicuous consumers because they earn enough, not just to pay the mortgage and meet household expenses, but to have decent discretionary incomes to buy the indulgences they crave. They work their socks off building businesses, creating jobs for others, toiling long and irregular hours to increase their own and their employees’ prosperity and to keep themselves and their families supplied with creature comforts. That’s pretty honourable. (Australian, 11 January 2013)

In this account CUB is not a pejorative term but a label applied to those aspirational workers who succeeded in reaping the rewards of the economic boom of the early 21st century. It is too soon to tell whether the process of amelioration will continue.

CUB is included in the second edition of the Australian National Dictionary (forthcoming 2016).