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Anthology of Lyra McKee work to be released ahead of first anniversary of her death

Lyra McKee was shot dead in Derry

AN anthology of the work of Lyra McKee is due to be released ahead of the first anniversary of her death.

The writer, who was from Belfast but living in Derry, was shot dead during rioting in the Creggan area in April. The murder was carried out by the New IRA as she observed dissident rioting.

The 29-year-old had gained prominence in 2014 for a blog post called 'Letter to my 14-year-old self', in which she wrote about her personal struggles with growing up gay in Belfast.

In the years since, her letter was turned into a short film, she wrote for local and international publications, and had signed a two-book deal with Faber & Faber.

Yesterday, the publisher said it planned to release an anthology showcasing Ms McKee's unpublished material alongside some of the most celebrated work of her career.

Lyra McKee: Lost, Found, Remembered will be published by Faber & Faber on April 2 and will "weave together pieces that defined her reputation as one of the most important and formidable journalists of her generation".

Publishing director Louisa Joyner said it is "hard to comprehend that Lyra McKee was murdered less than five months ago".

"Since her death we have worked with those Lyra loved to determine how best to commemorate her writing and magnify her voice," she said.

"Lyra sought truth as a journalist not simply by asking difficult questions, but perhaps more crucially by listening rigorously ­ and open-heartedly to the answers.

"Her work speaks to her subtlety of expression and her intellectual and political courage. This collection is our testament to Lyra, a celebration of her talent, and a reminder of what we have lost."

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