Inside The Bell Jar is delighted and proud to introduce you to our rapidly growing, immensely talented editorial team. If you wish to get in touch with any members of the team, please do so by contacting them via their email addresses, as listed below. If you are interested in becoming a part of Inside The Bell Jar, and believe there to be a space for you on our editorial team, please do let us know! We are always happy to discuss new ideas, projects and developments, as well as creating positions to fit your particular talent. Please be aware though that, as a start-up journal, all of our positions are voluntary.
Autumn Aurelia – Editor-in-Chief and Founder
Autumn is a nature enthusiast, a writer and avid photographer. She has an interest in the arts, and enjoys spending time reading and snuggling with her furbabies. She is currently working on her first novel, Every Kind of No.
She has also previously managed a digital student magazine, has been published on Bust.com and is a regular contributor to The Mighty.
As a sufferer of mental illness herself (OCD, BPD, MDD, PTSD), she was housebound for eight years due to the severity of her conditions. It is for this reason that she decided to start Inside The Bell Jar – a literary journal which she hopes will give a voice to anyone who ever feels restricted by their own battles with mental illness.
Matt Sloan – Editor
Matt is a writer of young adult and new adult fiction, currently working on his first novel. He is a mental health contributing editor for The Mighty, a digital platform for community stories on mental health, chronic illness, and disability.
Matt studied a BA in English at Queen’s University Belfast, leading to a scholarship to study a Creative Writing MA at the same institution. Since then, Matt has wandered through various creative realities, and after losing his father to lung cancer in 2011 he somewhat lost his way.
Emma Guinness – Associate Editor
Emma is a writer and junior content creator from Glasgow, currently based in London. She has an honours degree in English from the University of Strathclyde and completed a master’s degree in Creative Writing at Trinity College Dublin in August 2016.
Her greatest literary heroes are Oscar Wilde and F. Scott Fitzgerald. She is currently working on two manuscripts.
Seanín Hughes – Associate Editor
Seanín is a poet, writer and mother of four. She has been published in a number of journals, has work featured on Northern Ireland’s inaugural Poetry Jukebox installation in Belfast, and is a proud member of Women Aloud NI.
Having lived for some years with Borderline Personality Disorder, and as a parent to a child with a rare disease, Seanín is also a passionate advocate for issues involving mental health and disability.
Felicity McKee – Arts Commissioning Editor
Felicity is a mental health advocate involved in several campaigns. Her interest in art began at a young age but was reignited during a long-term stay in hospital. She then went on to complete an art diploma and set up Chronically Fabulous – an organisation that offers free professional photography and pamper sessions to those with chronic illness and/or disability as well as facilitate art sessions for groups.
She is currently studying Social Anthropology at Queens University Belfast and hopes to go on to research potential improvements to mental health services, beginning with her dissertation that is focused on misconceptions about eating disorders.