In the first weekend of March five regular Boat contributors flew out to Derry-Londonderry to collaborate with local artists, writers and photographers to produce a Special Edition newspaper in association with LIFT. By the second weekend of March 5000 copies of the printed paper were being handed out across the city. While the time-frame, page count, paper stock may have altered quite a bit, this special edition has all the vital characteristics of a regular Boat Magazine.
There’s an opening piece from 77 year old Derry-born novelist Charlie Herron who remembers Derry as a boy. Followed by ‘Teenage Kicks’: a conversation between The Undertones’ bassist Michael Bradley and 16 year old singer/songwriter Bridie-Monds Watson (aka Soak) talking about what it’s like producing music then and now. In ‘Concrete and Conflict’ Jonathan May considers how space and time can be re-imagined in a City of Culture. Rachel Maria Taylor follows the journey of a piece of seaweed from the shoreline to the plate in ‘A Forgotten Food’. Erin Spens seeks out 7 independent businesses recommended by locals in ‘Derry By Locals’. Photography duo Max and Liz Haarala Hamilton shot the beautiful objects that open up some personal memories in ‘My Piece of Derry’. Max & Liz also accompanied Zara Miller to 93 year old great-great-grandmother Bridget Doherty’s house to find out what makes a five generation strong family stay so close to home. The closing piece is a contribution from Derry-born poet Seamus Heaney with his beautiful poem ‘A Kite for Aibhín’.