What Is Blurbify?

Blurbify is the collective student blog, written and edited by the students on the MA Publishing course at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Started in 2014, it began life as a creative dissertation idea for one student, Victoria Love, who was interested in the influence of blogs on multiple areas of the publishing industry and their role as a form of publishing. Knowing that the students always want to engage with the industry, and having previously administered a similar project for the Cambridge School of Art, Victoria felt there was a need for a collective blog like Blurbify to provide the Publishing students, past and present, with a platform from which to air their thoughts on the issues facing the industry, as well as their reactions to recent publishing news, amongst other things.

Meet Dr. Leah Tether; Course Leader (and all-around superwoman)

Look out for a one-to-one chat with new course tutor, Daniel Boswell, in the near future. We thought it kind to let him settle in first!

Tell Me More…

Anglia Ruskin University fosters a vibrant culture of interdisciplinarity, and thoroughly understands the necessity of adaptation and innovation in today’s rapidly changing employment environment. Situated within the Department of English, Film, Communication and Media, the MA draws on academic expertise from a wide number of related fields, including digital media, creative writing, book illustration, typography and printing, in addition to that of its own specialist team.

Situated in the beautiful city of Cambridge and within easy reach of some of the most successful publishing businesses in the UK, means that our students find themselves immediately immersed in a culture of publishing steeped not only in history and tradition, but also in future vision.

The MA in Publishing is professionally-focused and the skills it fosters have been chosen after lengthy consultations with publishing professionals, so we are confident that our course is one of the most industry-friendly on offer.

The MA is designed to give a broad-brush insight into all of the main areas of book publishing, with core modules that centre on editorial, marketing and publicity, legal, digital and production processes in publishing, and multi-format assignments have been devised to allow maximum scope for creativity. The course primarily suits students who are looking to get into publishing for the first time, whether as a first career or as a change of career later in life.

We have active connections with industry, both in the UK and abroad, and not least through the recently established Cambridge Publishing Society (CAMPUS), meaning that we are able offer a variety of opportunities, including:

  • Masterclasses
  • Internships
  • Careers advice and mock interviews
  • Field trips
  • Professional mentoring
  • Short courses

This is what sets the Anglia Ruskin MA in Publishing apart: the volume and depth of opportunities to enhance your CV and experience portfolio. We give our students the edge they need in the fiercely competitive publishing jobs market.

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