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Peter Morris – Film Editor
Peter is a writer, reviewer and freelance cameraman and the film editor for HeadStuff. He graduated with a 1.1 BA in Film and Documentary from GMIT, where he specialised in film theory, directing and documentary production. Peter has worked with various film and television production companies during his time in Ireland and while living abroad in New Zealand such as TV3, Production Shed and TED Talks. He has directed a number of short films, and his graduate documentary Takin’ Care of Business was shown as part of the 2010 Galway International Film Fleadh. He is currently working on a number of documentary submissions and in his spare time writes reviews and essays on the world of film. He has a passion for the art of visual storytelling, both as a medium of entertainment and an instrument of change.
At HeadStuff.org we love to hear unique and intelligent voices talking about what interests them. We also love all things Film and Television; its role in the culture of our modern society and the culture of entertainment.
So, in the Film/TV section of HeadStuff we are interested in getting articles and reviews which show a unique voice, explaining why they loved one film over another, or even how a TV Show can change a person’s life.
Film blogs are everywhere so at HeadStuff we look for writers who will think outside the box and bring a personal voice to the story, a personal insight into the mind of the viewer.
We like short form reviews, long form reviews and essays which look at the history, the quality and the diversity of film and television. We also like film lists about toilets. We’re not that picky. If it says something unique… we like it.
We also dish out special article assignments along with nurturing new ideas to keep a constant flow of top quality content onto HeadStuff.org.
If you have any ideas, reviews, articles or film lists about toilets, send our film editor an email at email@example.com or get in touch via the contact form.
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Dave Hanratty – Music Editor
Dave is the music editor of HeadStuff.org, a freelance writer and occasional drummer. His work has appeared in Drowned In Sound, Hot Press, State Magazine and others. A graduate of Dublin City University, Dave makes up one-third of Drogheda-based industrial-pop (hey, it’s a thing) outfit Sights Distorted, whose latest EP is available for free from their Bandcamp page. His favourite album is Converge’s Jane Doe. He tweets @HanrattyDave.
At the moment, we generally feature one assigned album review per week. If you wish to jump in and review an album that falls within said week, that’s cool. Reviews preferably between 500 – 700 words but if you feel like writing a thesis, I won’t stop you. Ratings are out of five, btw. Please begin with:
[Name of label]
___ OUT OF FIVE
SOUNDS LIKE NOW
The weekly singles/new tracks & videos column. Generally I’ll be taking care of this but if somebody really wants to take it over on a given week, just let me know. If a particularly big or noteworthy track comes along that we can all give an opinion on, we can theme the column for that week in such a manner.
MINUTE BY MINUTE
A play by play on a music-related film or documentary, preferably both humorous and somewhat informative. See HERE for an example and the format.
A series in which a writer tackles the entire back catalogue of a much-maligned act in a bid to find something worthwhile or just trash the damn thing should it provoke such a visceral reaction. We’ve kicked off with nu metal but this is an all genre-encompassing exercise. I want to see the likes of 5ive, Boyz II Men and anything ‘Music From and Inspired By’ pop up. Now, I’m not suggesting you take the week and listen to nothing but your chosen artist or band, but if you choose to undergo such torture in the name of art, I salute your efforts.
A series in which a writer picks a moment in pop culture, be it a film, TV show, video game or other where the use of a specific piece of music elevated things to the point that music became a character in its own right. Ideally you would include a link to the scene and a separate link to the piece of music itself while providing the background and arguing why you felt it was so effective. This doesn’t necessarily have to be an isolated moment, you could take on more of a general theme. See example HERE.
I’ve always felt that certain films and albums should be re-reviewed somewhere along the way. This mainly stems from that last My Bloody Valentine album which saw most reviewers losing their minds and inventing new superlatives for what, ultimately, is a pretty average album. I was similarly taken in by its immediate hypnotic power but a few weeks later I thought it was fairly meh and all those salivating reviews looked ridiculous. Would have been nice to see them go back to it and re-assess.
So, with that long-winded intro in mind, Retrograde would see a writer take a notable album (or individual song if you think there’s enough in it) from the past – be it a year, five years, a decade, whatever – and attempt a re-review, again hopefully providing interesting context and information that may have arisen since its release.
THE WEEKLY BEAT
A weekly round-up of new and old music as curated by Rachel Heavey.
ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING (So long as it’s good, obvs)
The Music section of HeadStuff is a completely open and malleable platform. Honestly, I’m open to just about any idea. Though I abhor click-bait (and hope you do too), I am not against lists, providing they’re interesting and not packed with gifs. If nothing in the above rundown of features takes your fancy and you have ideas of your own for something whether it’s a once-off piece or something you think would work as its own regular thing, please do pitch it. All I can really offer is a platform for your writing so it’s absolutely crucial that you enjoy it.
Also hope to have interviews, guest posts, guest and themed playlists, retrospectives and more.
NB: Just as a style thing, please put all song titles in inverted commas ala ‘Shake It Off’ and album titles in italics. Also please provide YouTube and Soundcloud links to related songs and any notes where something should be linked to within the article.
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Alan Maguire – Humour Editor
Alan is the humour editor of HeadStuff.org and creator of Not The RTÉ Guide (@YourRTÉGuide). He has two dogs and a keen sense of impostor syndrome.
So this is a funny one. HeadStuff (at the moment) unfortunately can’t offer our contributors any recompense for their fine work. This is only a temporary situation, however. Monetization of the site is on the horizon. But at the moment, it’s a passion-led endeavor.
This situation, coupled with my natural personal urge to err on the side of excruciatingly agreeable, often makes it a little tricky for me to say; ‘thank you for the submission, but it’s not quite what I’m after.’ It feels odd to turn down work that is good and done solely out the writer’s heart goodness. It’s awkward to give notes to someone working pro bono.
However, there is a certain direction we’d like to take the humour section in and so, to reduce the chances of me ever having to reject good material again, I’m going to lay out a short (you might say brief) brief to outline what we’re after and, perhaps more pertinently, what we’re not after.
We’d like HeadStuff to be a force for positivity. It’s not a nest of snark. Tonally, I’m after comedy that isn’t mean or unnecessarily at others’s expense. Absolutely, let’s poke fun at society’s established absurdity. We’re all for that. But we want to keep it smart and out of the gutter. ‘Smart’ doesn’t mean high-brow or overly-intellectual. We want material that is intelligent and thought provoking, but we’re also after the downright silly and absurd.
SOME SUGGESTIONS AS TO WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR…
– Short stories.
– Interviews. If there’s someone you’d like to interview, let us know. If you don’t have contact details already, we may be able to help you out.
– Topical features. Is there a big comedy show starting up again? Want to write about how much you like it?
– Opinion pieces. Want to write about someone or something that gets your goat or otherwise? Just bear in mind what we spoke about in ‘Tone’.
– Satire (but as you can see below, not out and out news parody).
– Serials. four to five-part pieces are good. We’d like to have one on the go pretty much the whole time. If you have an idea for one, why not pitch the idea ahead of plowing on with it though?
– Comedy Nerdom – We love to hear funny people talking about comedy that they love. Whether it be about their favourite comedy writer or show. Comedy history is also something we’d like to feature too.
– This is not an exhaustive list. If it makes us laugh and isn’t any of the things in the next section then we’ll probably go for it.
WHAT WE’RE NOT LOOKING FOR…
– News Parody. The likes of The Onion and Waterford Whispers are doing a sterling job on the ‘ol news parody front. There’s no need for us to wade in. You either go the whole hog on this sort of material or not at all. We’ve plumped for ‘not at all’.
– 82 Signs You Might Be, I dunno, A Mermaid. We’re generally not after those Buzzfeed type list pieces.
– Overly long pieces. 600-800 words is probably enough. But this is not in stone. Anything that earns its length is OK by me. But brief is better.
– Things that feels in anyway try-hard. We’re keener on material that gives the audience plenty of credit and doesn’t bash them over the head with the gag. Simple, subtle funny ideas generally win, over convoluted shouty JOKES!!!!!
– Obviously, I hardly need to even include this but nothing racist, homophobic, transphobic, sexist, ableist, fatphobic, etc. Basically, if you read that list and called me an SJW, this may not be the humour section for you.
These rules are made to be broken, of course, (except for the last one, that’s ironclad). But, as a rule of thumb, the piece should be fucking amazing if you are gonna break them.
If you have a submission, or any questions at all – or if you’re not sure about something you’re thinking of writing and would like second opinion, gimme a shout on humour@HeadStuff.org – I reply to everything (eventually), but I periodically do go into a spiral of getting waay behind on work so apologies if I’m a bit tardy in getting back to you.
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Neasa McGarrigle – Science Editor
Neasa is Science Editor at HeadStuff. She is a historian of science & science communicator writing her PhD on DIAS and Erwin Schrödinger in Dublin. Neasa is pronounced NASA and she has heard every space joke going. Her twitter is @NeasaMcG
We are looking for writers who are enthusiastic and passionate about the possibilities and wonders of science. Our writers have a talent for explaining science to a lay audience while maintaining accuracy and scientific integrity.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR…
We are on the lookout for both regular and once off contributors. First time contributors should send a short bio to the Science Editor.
Categories we like:
• science news
Articles should be written for a general audience but don’t be afraid to use technical terms and real data. We know HeadStuff readers can handle it (or will google it).
All scientific claims must be supported by solid reputable sources and expert peer review journal articles and the links to these must be forwarded with all articles to the Science Editor.
Sources for any accompanying photographs should be sent to the Science Editor with your article.
Keep it interesting and let your passion come across in your writing. Articles between 600-1500 words are preferred.
Contributions for our weekly feature ‘Shot of Science’ should round up 3-5 current science news items from the last week. Look at major peer review journals and science news outlets for inspiration.
If you are interested in joining the HeadStuff Science team email science@HeadStuff.org.
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Michael W. Lanigan – History Editor
Michael Lanigan is the History Editor for Headstuff.org. He lives in Tokyo and studied History at Trinity College Dublin. In addition, he writes for State, TheJournal.ie, Counterpunch, Japako Music and Increature, and worked as a researcher on the 1916 Live online project.
Accuracy and fairness are essential. Narrative pieces rather than polemics are what is sought for this section – although if you feel a particularly good opinion piece coming on, then please do pitch it.
Any period is okay to write about, as long as you know your subject. Although the previous HeadStuff History page tended to focus on a single individual, I am happy to see essays about a happening, an invention, a trend – especially one of those which is marking a significant anniversary, such as 100 years, 50, even 25.
Please make it clear in one of your early paragraphs why this event/person is of relevance to our readers. (That is, how are they connected to something which will be common ground, such as the 1916 Rising, the assassination of JFK, the invention of the internet.)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your idea before submitting the full piece.
I’m looking for essays/posts under these conditions:
- Between 750 and 1500 words long
- Brings something fresh to a familiar topic – a new “angle”
- Something off the wall, but which has relevance to the HeadStuff reader – think of your most interesting friend and scatter across the world.
- Has been spell-checked and proof read
- Can be edited – lightly. I will only edit for clarity and will refer back to the author.
There is no payment for essays – not yet, we live in hope – but you are warmly invited to join in this ongoing exchange of stories and explanations for a community of interest. Explanations, after all, are what we hope history can provide.
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Conor O’Donovan – Literature Editor
Conor has a B.A. in English & French from Trinity. He was born in Cambridge and grew up in Cork where a piece on the view from his bathroom made its way into the school yearbook. Since then his writing has appeared in almost all the publications in Trinity (even The Bull which is a financial paper). He continues to write and interview people about storytelling.
Bottom line: we are looking for quality literary work here. As well as publishing work by more established writers, we also hope to showcase some of the most exciting up-and-coming talent around. We are likely to prioritise fiction which engages with the issues of today, which wrestles with truths from our modern world. And while there is a desire to see work with a strong emphasis on voice and character, we also hope to read submissions which aren’t afraid to push at the boundaries of what is expected of short fiction, work that takes chances. As long as the quality of the work shines through, we are open to anything. Surprise us. Delight us. Give us no choice but to publish your work. One story per submission. No more than 3000 words.
A series where contributors get to write about under appreciated authors who are still active, or else those who have been overlooked in the past. These pieces give contributors the opportunity to write about the author’s work, their life and times, and why they deserve the reader’s attention.
Essays & Articles
Both literary and popular essays/articles are welcome as long as it’s engaging and well-written, we’ll be interested in reading it (and potentially publishing it).
We are also interested longform features based on interviews (rather than single interviews).
We are always looking for new reviewers. If there is a book you would like to review for us – or, alternatively, a book you would like us to review – contact us. There will be a particular emphasis placed on literary novels and short story collections; however, we are also open to reviewing genre books, YA, and children’s literature.
Conclusion: Exciting things are brewing in the Lit Section of HeadStuff. Contact us if you’d like to be a part of it e-mail Noel HERE.
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Angela Carr – Poetry Editor
Born in Glasgow, exiled in Dublin since 1999, Angela is a writer, poet and recovering architect. Three-times shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Award, her debut collection, How to Lose Your Home & Save Your Life, won the Cork Literary Review Poetry Manuscript Competition 2013. In 2014, she was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions series and won the Allingham Poetry Prize. She has read at literary festivals and events around the country, including the Dublin Writers’ Festival, Cork Spring Poetry Festival, Dromineer Literature Festival and the Cúirt International Festival of Literature. Her work has been broadcast on RTE Radio One and she blogs about writing, poetry and creativity at A Dreaming Skin.
In her book, 99 Ways of Looking at a Poem, poet Ruth Padel laments how readers can be tantalised by the mystery that lies at the heart of a good thriller but will shy from the same pleasures in a poem. I share her grief.
I first encountered poetry at the age of 4, in speech and drama lessons, where I had to learn a short poem off-by-heart and recite it each week: delighting in the sound, the rhythm, the music of the words, as only a child can.
In short, I never had THE POETRY FEAR.
Even in secondary school, when I had to study poetry for exams, I was curious about all these other meanings wrapped up in the words, layers of understanding I’d never realised existed before, each a shiny nugget of recognition waiting to be discovered.
For HEADSTUFF, I want poems to seduce readers beyond their preconceived notions of what a poem is and how they feel about ‘Poetry’; I want compelling images and thoughtful use of language; I want readers to be drawn in despite themselves, poems to smash through the wall of resistance, awaken curiosity, anger, joy and a sense of the world–of this place and this time–in all its desperations and all its glories.
At this time, we have a number of regular poetry features you can contribute to:
POEM OF THE WEEK
Once a week we feature a poem whose voice manages to cut through everything else we’ve read; something that stays in the mind and haunts us. Our current call for submissions, IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT, on the theme of annihilation and redemption, is open until 30 Sept 2016. Read all the details here: http://www.headstuff.org/2016/
08/its-the-end-of-the-world- as-we-know-it-call-for-poetry- submissions/
MONOGRAPH is our regular Poetry feature, showcasing a group of themed poems by one poet in a mini pamphlet form, accompanied by photographs and / or illustrations. If you are a poet, an artist, an illustrator, a photographer or a graphic designer, and would like to be featured in a future MONOGRAPH, please send between between 5-10 pieces of work, ideally based around a common theme to our email address below, marked ‘MONOGRAPH’.
Once a month, we feature new work by poets under the age of thirty, who have yet to publish a full-length collection. Please send up to 3 poems for consideration and mark submission, ‘New Voices’.
Our monthly round-up of poetry news, posted at the beginning of each calendar month.
BEHIND THE SCENE
Ireland has a rich and vibrant literary scene, covering all aspects of poetry and spoken word through publications, readings, performance, open mics, slams, launches and full-blown festivals. Behind The Scene is your backstage pass to the best poetry purveyors in the country – the who, the where and the why – and give you a glimpse of what it takes to publish a journal, launch a book or put on a great poetry gig in Ireland.
MEET THE POET
What goes into making a poem? Where does the inspiration come from? How does it get channeled? Why write poetry at all? Meet the Poet is a peek into the writing lives of the poetry scene’s movers and shakers.
Engaging feature pieces that think outside the box, long-form articles that probe, make us think about and understand a particular aspect of the poetry world, its people or its history, on a deeper level. A place to get your poetry think on.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
NEWS: If you have an event, a competition or submission call, a poetry reading or launch you want to tell everyone about, send your news to me by the 25th of the month, for inclusion in the next issue.
ARTICLES: Articles should be 750-2000 words long, although we will consider any interesting ideas that don’t fit the mould – pitch us your ideas first, for a thumbs up.
POEMS: 3-6 poems, either page or performance. Please submit your work in the format you want us to use. eg. page, YouTube, Soundcloud. We will only use high quality sound / video performances.
All poems should be submitted in .doc/.docx format, not PDF, and include author’s full name (we won’t publish anonymous work), and a 100 word bio.
WHAT WE’RE NOT LOOKING FOR
Sexism, Misogyny, Homophobia, Bigotry, Violence, Sexual Violence.
Dry academic writing – HeadStuff caters to a wide audience. We want writing that will engage and entertain.
Spelling mistakes! Please proof your work.
Email Angela at email@example.com
We aim to respond to all submissions within 4-6 weeks.
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Eva Griffin – Visual Arts Editor
Eva Griffin is the editor of HeadStuff’s visual arts section. She used to edit UCD’s arts and culture magazine, OTwo. An English and French graduate, she is currently working towards an MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture. She tweets @ohrithyia and can often be found sitting at a desk in Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.
ARE YOU AN ARTIST?
Painters, print-makers, illustrators, sculptors, performance artists, photographers, video artists and more are all welcome to get in touch about having their work featured. In fact, the more the merrier. HeadStuff wants to feature a diverse range of artists, and nurturing homegrown talent by giving their work a platform is our top priority. Send a link to your portfolio/website and maybe a few words about what you do. If you’re part of an upcoming exhibition then please send along a hot tip so we can encourage people to go beforehand or feature a review.
Curators, educators, archivists; we want you too. We’re interested in exploring all aspects of the art world, so if you’re willing to share your knowledge we’ll gladly take it.
ARE YOU A WRITER?
If you’re an art enthusiast with a flair for channeling that passion into some engaging writing, then you’re just what we need. Quality work about quality work is the goal here. Whether you want to write about that life-changing exhibition you saw, pen a topical feature on anything relevant to the world of art and design or work on a long-form feature about that under-appreciated artist, forward on a pitch and let us know what you’d like to do. If you have an interesting idea for a regular feature on a particular subject, get in touch because regular contribution to the site is highly valued.
While our focus tends to be contemporary, we welcome pieces on any period so if you’re an art history buff who’d like to teach a thing or two, maybe our readers would love to learn from you.
Album artwork, cinematography, photobooks, art criticism; these topics can also be put forward for discussion. Basically, if there’s something you think warrants our attention, let us know.
WHAT DO WE LIKE TO READ?
HeadStuff is a positive kind of place. Smart, interesting and thought provoking is what we’re looking for. That doesn’t mean it has to be highbrow academic writing, all styles are welcome. Chances are if we find it interesting, other people may find it interesting too.
SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
Any questions/submissions/information should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form and you will hear back ASAP. Unfortunately, we cannot currently reward our contributors for their excellent work, but we very much value your time and effort. We look forward to hearing from you!
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Jade Hayden – Topical Editor
Jade Hayden is a recent graduate of English, Media and Cultural Studies, who spends the majority of her time reading good books, eating great food, and writing mediocre fiction. She is also the editor of HeadStuff’s topical section. Send any submissions to email@example.com
Welcome to HeadStuff’s topical section! Over here, we’re looking for a range of content from the cultural, to the opinionated, to the current. These could come in the form of news articles, features, interviews or opinion pieces. Unfortunately, as it stands we cannot reward our contributors for their excellent work. We rely on the voluntary work of those who enjoy writing enlightening articles and are passionate about politics, current affairs and equality.
We’re looking for intelligent, well researched, unique pieces, but that doesn’t mean that the tone has to be exclusively serious and sombre. We’re also interested in submissions that are light-hearted, humorous, and maybe a little bit sarcastic (depending on what you’re writing about, obviously.) Basically, something that’s enjoyable to read. Express yourself: be creative, be descriptive – use metaphors, anecdotes, jokes, puns and quotes to convey your story!
Please send us:
Opinion pieces: These articles can be based on almost any current issue in the world, but there are a couple of specific issues we would like to produce more content on. These are abortion, women’s rights, feminism, rape culture, gender equality, transgender rights, transgender people in the media, cultural appropriation, racism, traveller rights, the rich/poor divide, immigration, migrant workers in Ireland, emigration, and mental health. Opinion pieces should be well argued, logical, and about 1000 words. Facts and examples should be used to back up your opinion.
News articles: HeadStuff is looking for short, factual news that hasn’t reached much of the mainstream media. These can be based on local, national or international events. These articles should be 500 words or more.
Interviews: These can be presented as either audio, video, or written pieces. The beginning of the interview should give some background information on the interviewee and explain why that person was interviewed. Written interviews should be at least 500 words in length.
Columns: We are happy to include weekly columns if the idea behind them won’t go stale after a month. We are also open to four or five part articles in cases where one article just isn’t enough, for example, before referendums or elections. Please discuss any ideas for columns with us before you start them.
Please do NOT send us:
• Any plagiarised material. Be sure to source your references and include these in your submission.
• Anything you haven’t proofread yourself. Spelling and grammar are important, y’know.
• Anything racist, homophobic, transphobic, generally offensive or insulting.
• Parodies. We’ll leave them to the experts over at Waterford Whisperers
• Something riddled with cringe worthy clichés.
If you would like to submit an article, ask us a question, or pitch an idea, please do not hesitate to drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to reading your pieces!
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Alan Bennett – HeadStuff Editor
Alan was a stand-up comedian for a while and during that time he toured with David O’Doherty and Maeve Higgins and did well in some competitions and co-ran Schnitzel Comedy Club. Then he started writing fiction and it has been published in several literary magazines and anthologies including 30 Under 30 which Joseph O’Connor chose as one of his books of the year for The Irish Times. He received a Masters with first class honours in creative writing from UCD and a BA in fine art painting from LSAD. Now he’s working on getting his novel on, and being in charge of HeadStuff.org.
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