Dear (unfortunate) reader,
For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Méabh and I’ve been the Features and Opinion Editor for this year of Motley. It’s been a big one.
When I first got the role, I was expecting to have to write lots and beg for pieces even more. I was so, so wrong. Every month I was washed away by poetry, fiction, life stories, burning opinions, and even a review of certain UCC facilities…
Features has been a rollercoaster and a half. For every piece that landed in my inbox that I was unsure of, three more came in to blow me away, and some, such as the Christmas Charity Piece, the Daragh Fleming interview, and Ciara Lone’s piece on anxiety, I reckon I’ll still be dwelling on in months to come. People submitted true-life pieces from the darkest of times, opinions surged with passion and some heartfelt poetry, and I grew myself too, as I tried to curate it all – including being in the uncomfortable position of cutting down someone else’s words so that they’d fit on a page. I got the chance to see my photos in print and accompanying online articles, as well as my own writing. I also had to learn to conduct interviews pretty quickly, but it was something I enjoyed, and another skill in my repertoire. The whole experience was definitely a learning curve for me, but something I had the support of the whole team in.
I’m rather sad to think that my Motley experience is coming to an end, but it’s been a good run. To whoever takes up my mantle: best of luck. Features and opinion editor is the best job going, no doubts about it, and if you have an eye for a good story, if you have a creative mind, if you have a collaborative mind and a will to make young writers do your best, this role is for you.
With that in mind, I’d like to wish everyone a good summer. Whether you spend it working, travelling, pursuing your #CareerWoman goals, or taking a well earned break, I hope you have fun, relax, learn new things and get ready for the new fabulous new year of Motley coming your way!
Good luck, best wishes, and mise le meas,