Posts Tagged ‘writers’

Amplify Women Harassment Toolkit

17th November 2017 by Maura McHugh

The Amplify Women Harassment Toolkit is a simple guide to help freelance workers and employees of any gender if they are experiencing bullying or harassment. It provides advice on making a complaint at work, or a criminal complaint, and includes useful information on who to contact and links to further information.

You can download the document here.

One of the main themes of these recent revelations is widespread abuse of power and position, across many different sectors. Many of the individuals speaking about their experiences felt disempowered and, in some cases, frightened to take steps to report the issues they were experiencing. We want this Toolkit to show people that they are supported.

Amplify Women is an umbrella group of organisations who represent, or carry out research about women working in the cultural and media industries. The organisations distributing and endorsing this initiative are: Women in Film & Television, Irish Equity, Women in Animation, Members of #WakingTheFeminists, The Writers’ Guild of Ireland, Broadly Speaking, Screen Producers Ireland, Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, and Women On Air.

For a Thousand Lives

10th September 2015 by Maura McHugh

For a Thousand Lives: Be Human is a petition created by Nathalie Borgers (Austrian filmmaker) & Ursula Wolschlager (Belgian documentary filmmaker) as an appeal from European Film Professionals to Governments and to the EU to to take immediate action in relation to the current refugee crisis.

Every day, people fleeing war, terror, political persecution and misery are drowning in the sea, suffocating in the back of a truck or tumbling to their death in ports or train stations in their desperate attempts to reach Europe. According to Amnesty International, more than 23.000 people have lost their lives that way since 2000.

To make matters worse, those who reach Europe often find themselves in degrading living conditions and are subjected to inhumane treatment. The EU is spending up to twenty times more money on border control, than on welcoming centres for refugees.

The past tragedies have already led to a change in attitude for many people as can be witnessed in countless acts of personal compassion as well as public demonstrations of solidarity. Sadly, most official politicians seem to be all too slow in accepting the existence of a humanitarian crisis and finding life-sustaining solutions.

This petition is on part of the European film industry to remind the European Union that it was founded “on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities (…) in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail.” (Article 2, Treaty on European Union 2008)

If you agree with these sentiments, please add your signature to the 3,500 European film professionals who have already signed the For a Thousand lives online petition, which you can sign here.

July Scriptorium

9th July 2015 by Maura McHugh

Cheers! James and Fred at Furey's Pub...

The next WGI Scriptorium is on from 7pm on Thursday, 16 July in Mulligans, Poolbeg Street, Dublin 2.

“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people”.
Thomas Mann
“A writer takes earnest measures to secure his solitude and then finds endless ways to squander it.”
Don DeLillo

What strategies do you employ to drag those words from your brain onto the page? Maybe you’re writing in a cork-lined room like Proust, drinking up to 50 cups of coffee a day like Balzac, or maybe you like to emulate Hugo and have your servant strip you naked until you’ve finished your writing work for the day? Or perhaps you just fancy meeting up with a bunch of savvy scribes? Escape the dreaded white page (or white screen) for an hour or two with what cynics might call pure procrastination. We call it getting inspiration, and what better way to get inspiration than to do it with other writers; you can mark it down in your diary as a business-related conference if you like. No one will know. (Except yourself of course but that’s exactly the kind of philosophical-psychological matter we need to discuss).

Talking about writing is indubitably the next best thing to writing (pencil-sharpening and checking the thesaurus notwithstanding). Chat amongst your sistren and brethren about what you’re writing, or what you’re not writing, or what you really should be writing if you weren’t at this very important meeting.

You might agree with Camus, that “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilisation from destroying itself.” You might not. This, and the careful dissection of other famous writers’ quotes, will form part of the very serious and urgent agenda of the Scriptorium. No need to RSVP as we’re busy looking up writers’ quotes here.

December Scriptorium

1st December 2014 by Maura McHugh

Scriptorium
1. translated as “a place for writing”, which is commonly used to refer to a room in medieval European monasteries devoted to the writing, copying, and illuminating of manuscripts by monastic scribes.
2. Can also be used in reference to the monthly meeting of WGI members at The Stag’s Head.

The famous cave painting at Mélange de Paroles in the South of France for example, dating from environ 5 B.C., depicts Guild writers in a heated exchange of words over what looks like a shocking number of empty glasses (it is not known whether the glasses were once full, half-empty, or whether they were perhaps always empty and have remained thus éternellement in the cave painting). Knowledge of etymology is not necessary to attend the Scriptoria, as those writers in attendance usually find that they know more words leaving than they did coming in.

Scriptorium [2]: from 6.30pm on Thursday, 4 December at The Stag’s Head, 1 Dame Court, Dublin 2

No RSVP necessary: just bring your mouth, your brain, and your money (preferably in reverse order).

National Demo: 27 Nov

26th November 2010 by Maura McHugh

Better Fairer WayA national demonstration, organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), as part of its A Better, Fairer Way campaign, is taking place from 12:00 – 15:00 on Saturday, the 27th November in Dublin.

The ICTU invites everyone to join in making the people’s voice heard before Budget day in Ireland.

Assemble at 12 noon, on November 27th at Wood Quay in Dublin. A route-map for the demonstration is available on the ICTU’s web site.

The IPSG applauds the ICTU’s decision to organise this demonstration and we urge our members to march in solidarity with the ICTU on November 27th.