Alistair Coe − MA Publishing

Alistair Coe is from Edinburgh. He studied MA Publishing at London College of Communication from 2013-2014 and is now an editorial assistant at Hodder Education. He hopes to become a freelance proofreader as well as see the world and experience the arts in other cultures.

What are your fondest memories of LCC?

In Unit 2, our group of six created a bookazine called 'Jetpack' which reviewed films, books, and television series from 2013. This allowed us to put the skills learned in the first half of the course into practice, and getting to hold a book that you'd helped create felt pretty special.

Our class also went on a trip to Budapest in May. Budapest is such a beautiful city, and their market for books and magazines is a lot younger than ours, so it was interesting to see how various publishers were tackling the challenges that we perhaps take for granted, such as getting lots of people interested in reading.

What are you working at the moment? 

I am currently an editorial assistant at Hodder Education. The work is hectic, and the role demands that you contribute in many ways to pretty much every project that is on the go. Pretty soon I will be desk editing a small book project, which requires a great deal of project management, as well as proofreading.

Name three things you couldn't be creative without: 

A notebook and pencil, to write down and structure any ideas while they are still fresh. Books that deal with the big issues of the day, and perhaps challenge your own way of thinking. Other people, who can bring new perspectives to your ideas and help you to realise them.

Tell us about your future plans and ambitions:

I would like to eventually be a freelance proofreader. This will ensure that the work I do is always varied and challenging, but will also free up some time to pursue my hobbies and interests. I would also like like to travel abroad in the near future and experience the arts in other countries. 

What drives you to succeed?

I am motivated to develop the skills that I will need to be creative. Creating an idea takes an independent, inquiring mind, but to fulfill that promise you need discipline and dedication, and the ability to manage your time and resources.

What three words would you use to best describe LCC?

Talent, opportunity, collaboration

What piece of advice would you give to new students? 

Explore the college and everything that it has to offer. Tony and Scott in the print room are always willing (time permitting!) to help you out and show you the various printing techniques on offer, and the library has a great selection of resources, including dissertations from previous students.

Where in London do you go when you need a little inspiration? 

I tend to go to a bookshop if I'm struggling for inspiration. The Kensington Bookshop is near to where I live, and I also love the Foyle's by Waterloo Bridge.