Rebecca is a third year Communications and English Literature student at UWA who has a keen passion for napping, Pokemon Go and garlic bread. When she’s not busy eating garlic bread and playing Pokemon Go, she’ll occasionally socialize with other people. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome, Rebecca Harris!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Oh gee, I’m not sure where to start! I’m a third year student, currently in my final semester at the University of Western Australia. I’m also Regional Project Support at writingWA and currently an editorial committee member for this UWA arts magazine called ‘Trove’.
What are you studying at university and what’s next?
I’m completing a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in both Communications & Media Studies and English & Cultural Studies. I’m currently in my final semester, which is super scary, but my current plan is to try get into honours next year. But if not or if I feel disenchanted by the idea, I guess I’ll be looking for some work (yipeee~…)
Do you have a favourite book or favourite authors?
I’m a real sucker for Haruki Murakami and my favourite book by him would have to be The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. My good friend introduced him to me and I’m eternally grateful! I also really love The Secret History by Donna Tartt and The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. But my current favourite book would have to be Pandamonia by Chris Owen and Chris Nixon. Although it’s a children’s picture book, I find it really cute and enjoyable!
What did a typical day involve as an intern at Margaret River Press?
Whilst interning at MRP, I would usually plug my laptop in straightaway because I’d always forget to charge it the night before. Then I’d check my emails and make sure my social media posts are in order for the week. After that, I’d check to see if I had any tasks allocated to me that I could progressively complete over the day (and have lunch, of course!). Man, I really miss my intern days, haha! But the biggest responsibility that an MRP intern would have is to sample all the Northbridge eateries (wink wink, nudge nudge).
Is there a particular area of publishing you’re looking to head into?
I’m not entirely sure about what area of publishing I’d like to pursue but in a broad sense, I’m interested in pursuing a career in corporate communications such as external/internal relations and wouldn’t mind doing that kind of work for a publishing house of any size.