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Derry Essays 8: “It’s the ‘Alternative’ that unites us all…”

Paul Duffy Alternative

Guest contributor Middlemarch gives us a tour de force of the importance of music of what has been at times, a power alternative cultural force in the city. If you want to contribute to the series, or blog for our sister site listenderry.org, send Mick an email with your ideas at editor@sluggerotoole.com.

Derry Essays 5: Culture bid can help with Derry’s image problem

MickeyRooney1

We have to admit, there’s something absurd about the idea of Derry as a city of culture. It would be OK if the other contenders were Beirut, Kabul, Baghdad and Tehran. But Derry’s competition for The City of Culture title comes from tranquil English cities where history stopped years ago. The maiden city is better more…

Derry Essays 4: We are the greatest…

James Whorriskey

I have written many times about Derry’s importance as a European cultural capital [1], and every time I’ve met with relentless patronising from subjects of much-lesser cities whose only notable attribute is size. There’s a small snigger, accompanied by an oh-so-clever remark about “chips on his shoulder” as they slope back to their generic lattes, more…

Derry Essay 3: Sharing our Past, Sharing our Future

A couple of years ago at an event to promote the Walled City cultural tourism attractions at Stormont, Martin McGuinness talked about ‘Derry’ and ‘Londonderry’. With those two words he gave explicit recognition to the multiple narratives that are required to tell Northern Ireland’s story. The story that Derry/Londonderry wishes to tell entwines Colmcille, Plantation, more…

Derry Essays 2: A city on the border…

Derry is in the UK, true enough, but not only in the UK. The potential ‘UK City of Culture’ now stretches well beyond the boundaries of the state. Housing estates full of Derry commuters have sprung up in recent years on all the roads that stretch north, south and west of the city centre and more…

Derry Essays 1: Precarious future of the living Protestant heritage

The Guildhall, Derry. By permission of James Whoriskey.

“Derry/Londonderry” is either an expression or stalemate or a statement of intent to create a truly shared future. The UK City of culture bid should help decide which it really is. Outwardly, the Jerusalem of Ulster where I grew up over half century ago has survived far better than I could have hoped. The physical more…