Tonight I logged in for the premiere of Lost, Found, and Remembered; the film to celebrate the life of Lyra McKee.
The film was produced by Faber Members, English PEN and Irish PEN and looked at Lyra’s remarkable impact on the world. I’m not ashamed to say I wept through the reading of her letter to her fourteen year old self. The loss of Lyra to literary journalism is huge, and deep.
Lyra McKee was born in Belfast in 1990, and truly had the world at her feet. She won the Sky News’ Young Journalists Award in 2006, featured as one of Forbes’ 30 under 30, and as a rising literary star by the Irish Times. Sadly, Lyra was fatally shot during rioting in Derry in 2019. The film is a insight into who she was. and is now avaliable to watch on Faber’s youtube channel too.
Lyra McKee was a remarkable person. To find out more about her writing and who she was as a person please watch, and read what her partner Sara Canning said about her in the Guardian and grab a copy of Lyra’s book Lost, Found, Remembered. All of which say more about her than I ever could. Or could ever lend justice to.
Let’s remember her, always.