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

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 known as a city of strife. Its big quarrel has only been going for 300 years. Where else would a competition about culture start with …

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