- 10 Mar 20
The upcoming book celebrates the life, work and creative legacy of the young journalist.
As the the one-year anniversary of Lyra McKee's murder approaches, a memorial collection of her writings, entitled Lyra McKee: Lost, Found, Remembered, is set to be published by Faber & Faber.
When the 29-year-old journalist was murdered in Derry in 2019, she was survived by her articles – many of which had been read and loved by thousands worldwide. Her writings had marked her as one of the most courageous journalists of her generation.
This upcoming memorial collection compiles pieces that celebrate McKee's life, talent and legacy – bringing together unpublished material (including excerpts from her work-in-progress, The Lost Boys), alongside her politically urgent journalism, including her acclaimed piece 'Suicide of the Ceasefire Babies'. Lyra McKee: Lost, Found, Remembered promises to reveal the impressive scope of the young journalist's work, and allow her courageous spirit to live on through her words.
McKee, who was born in Belfast in 1990, received serious acclaim during her life. She won the Sky News Young Journalists Award in 2006, and was featured as one of the Forbes 30 under 30. She was fatally shot during rioting in Derry in 2019.
Following McKee's death, Patti Smith was among those who paid tribute to her, describing her as a "fearless investigative journalist and author."
"Beloved and trusted champion of the lost, marginalised and those, like herself, who have suffered growing up in a discriminatory environment," Smith continued. "She will not hold her forthcoming book The Lost Boys in her hands. Will not walk the streets of Belfast on Good Friday morning. She was shot in cold blood during rioting in Derry on Thursday night. Lyra McKee was 29 years old. And thus do we mourn our young, a brilliant flame extinguished."
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This is Lyra McKee. A fearless investigative journalist and author. Beloved and trusted champion of the lost, marginalized and those, like herself, who have suffered growing up in a discriminatory environment. She will not hold her forthcoming book The Lost Boys in her hands. Will not walk the streets of Belfast on Good Friday Morning. She was shot in cold blood during rioting on Thursday night in Derry. Lyra McKee was 29 years old. And thus do we mourn our young, a brilliant flame extinguished.
At the time of her death, McKee was working on a book of investigative journalism, entitled The Lost Boys. The work is not yet ready for publication, but remains under review with Faber & Faber and those closest to her.
Lyra McKee: Lost, Found, Remembered will be published on April 2.