Ellie’s Insights: Meg Jordan

Where do we start with Meg Jordan, not only is she a copywriter at a creative agency in Shoreditch, and the founder of online publication, Ganter, she is also a crazy talented musician! (Search for her on Soundcloud) She currently lives in Derbyshire with her boyfriend Ollie and her rescue dog Maya (Who is the star of Meg’s insta stories).

You can follow Meg/Ganter on Insta @ganter.uk

Tell me a little about yourself, your name, where you come from etc.

Hiya, I’m Meg Jordan – since graduating from Loughborough Uni (about 3 years ago now), I’ve been working as a Copywriter at a creative agency in Shoreditch. I’m currently living in Derbyshire with my rescue dog, Maya and long-suffering boyfriend, Ollie. (Yes, my commute is usually a 6-hour round trip, but that’s a story for another time). And I’m the founder and writer of online publication, Ganter – which is a hub of funny writing, by, for, and about womxn.

Tell us a little about your writing.

As I write for a living and run Ganter on the side, I spend almost all of my time typing away. Being a Copywriter means writing in a variety of different styles, for different brands about a broad range of different topics, which I really enjoy. Through work I write a lot in the Sustainability and Diversity & Inclusion spaces which are two areas I think are really important and would say are becoming more specialist topics for me.

But beyond work, my absolute 100% passion topic is womxn. I don’t profess to be a specialist in the history of all women across the ages, but I do spend a lot of my time researching the stories of amazing women who haven’t been shouted about nearly enough. I studied English and Drama at University and two of the modules that blew my mind where ones that covered early women writers. I spent hours in the library (shout out Pilks) with my head in a book or wading through academic articles online, digging out information about the lives of these boundary-breakers. People who defied societal and cultural expectations and inequalities to do what they loved – writing spectacular (and often hilarious) literary works. I’ve also always had a particular interest in comedy, especially in funny women (comedians, comedy writers/playwrights etc.)  – so, dispelling the longstanding myth that women aren’t funny is a topic I write about often, and probably a specialist area when it comes to my personal writing.

In terms of style, I would say my writing is conversational but informative. I think even when writing about the most serious of topics, a sense of humour is vital. I want my writing to put a smile on your face, maybe even make you laugh, whilst making you think or learn something new. Even when writing opinion pieces and personal stories, I’ll always try to back up what I’m saying with research, facts and figures – that’s really important to me.

Tell us about Ganter.

Since learning about those fabulous women writers at Uni, it’s always played on my mind that there must be SO many stories out there about similarly amazing women who haven’t been shouted about nearly enough. I wanted to create Ganter as an online space to celebrate these stories and to celebrate womxn and all our diverse experiences; be they stupid, hilarious stories of tragic tales and morning-after-disasters, or inspiring stories about womxn who have won Nobel Prizes or achieved world firsts.

We have an origin story on our site about where the name and idea came from if you’d like to know more on that side of things. But Ganter actually stemmed from a personal blog (called Nothing To Write Home About) which I started up mid first lockdown to keep myself sane and friends entertained whilst the world fell apart. I’d always wanted somewhere to continue writing about amazing women, and to share funny stories, since graduating from uni – but was always too scared to share my writing until the old Panny D put things into perspective. A year into the blog I found myself just writing more and more about womxn, and these articles seemed to be the ones my readers engaged with most – so it felt like a natural next move to create something with a clearer direction in this space.

I’d love to see Ganter become a truly collaborative and inclusive platform with loads of different contributors sharing stories, anecdotes, articles, creative writing and art that celebrates womxn. There’s been talk of a Ganter podcast as well, so watch this space. The main goal really though is just to put a smile on people’s faces and celebrate Ganter (Girl’s banter) in all its glorious forms.

When did you start writing? And what made you start writing, was it something you always loved?

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember (shout out to the literary masterpiece that is ‘The Gummy Bear Man’ which I penned age 10).

But the real moment where I was realised how much I loved writing and wanted to do it for reals, was in 6th form. I won a competition to have the first play I’d ever written performed at the National Theatre in a staged reading (my wonderful drama teacher had pushed me to enter New Views – the National Theatre’s young writer’s competition) – and hearing the response from people in the industry, the actors and perfect strangers in the audience to it really lit a fire under my arse to pursue my love of writing properly. (So much so it actually made me change my degree last minute from Popular Music [could’ve been the next Cher, alas] to English and Drama)

What is your biggest writing quirk?

Everyone that knows me personally says that I write exactly how I talk and that they can imagine me speaking when they read my writing. I use a lot of asides (little add ons in brackets like this one) which I imagine is actually quite annoying when I’m talking to people in person, so I’m never sure whether to take it as a compliment or not!

What is one thing you wish someone had told you when you started your writing journey? I wish someone had told me that it’s really not as scary as you think it is to put your personal writing out there for the world to see. And to just go for it rather than holding out, because you literally have nothing to lose, and you’ll just regret and resent yourself for not doing it. If they had, Ganter would have probably been born about 3 years ago rather than

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