I wanted to make a change, so I started my own film festival

After completing her PhD earlier this year, alumna Elena Dirstaru launched a project she’d had in mind for quite some time; creating a film festival which is fair to the filmmakers involved.

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MoodleX is the new place for graduate career resources

We’ll all remember 2020, but we want you to remember it as the year you landed your first graduate job or postgraduate course. Whether you’re still planning your next steps, applying for roles in your chosen industry or are feeling a bit overwhelmed by the graduate world, Essex is here for you, for life.

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Take risks and have the courage of your convictions

Patricia Borlenghi has always had a passion for literature. After 30 years of working in publishing, she decided to undertake a part time MA in Creative Writing. She went on to set up her own publishing press and now tells us all about the journey.

I loved books as a very young child. My mother told me many stories and my father loved reading, so I was encouraged to read and write even before starting school.

Because of my love of books, I wanted to work in publishing. It was much easier to enter the industry back in the mid-70s. I was employed purely because I had a degree and I worked for, what was then, a very small children’s book company. Because the company was so small, I was able to learn the entire publishing process. For over 30 years, I worked for various publishing companies, mainly on a freelance basis, until I decided to join Essex and start an MA Creative Writing in 2010. 

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Speaking in Parliament was a huge moment for me

We caught up with Laura Thompson (MA Acting, 2017) to find out about her career in the arts and what she’s been up to since graduating.  

Laura studied an undergraduate degree at Essex, later returning as a mature student to study MA Acting at East 15.

“From a young age I always knew I wanted a career in the arts. For me, performing is a form of escapism and exploration; the buzz I feel after a performance is just the icing on the cake! I wanted to be the best actor I could possibly be, but I recognised that without the right training, that wouldn’t happen. I knew I needed to apply to East 15 for my Masters. After my audition I instantly knew it was the place for me and as an Essex alumna I got a discount on my fees which definitely helped along the way”. Continue reading “Speaking in Parliament was a huge moment for me”

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