Dig With It is a new magazine out of Belfast from ex-NME writer, book author and Oh Yeah Music Centre co-founder Stuart Bailie and his daughter Betsy (Manchester School of Art design student, Hive Radio station manager/DJ and blogger) about “music, arts and ideas”.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, issue one of the quarterly magazine (which takes its title from a Seamus Heaney poem) has arrived:
Dig With It is a new magazine about music, arts and ideas. It is made in Belfast. It celebrates the writers, the players and seditious talent. It admires punk rock, poetry, high art, street politics and keen expression.
Issue One features 72 pages of original writing, photography and design and features:
The cover story is a revealing interview with award-winning songwriter Joshua Burnside. We profile the roaring intelligence of Problem Patterns and talk to Frank Ormsby, Ireland Professor of Poetry. Tim Wheeler remembers 25 years of wild with Ash. We platform the art of Sasha Samara and James Ashe. Dig With It looks to rising authors (Susannah Dickey, Dara McAnulty) and new bands (The Florentinas, Vale, Gender Chores). Punk godfather Terri Hooley remembers a lifetime in Dr. Martens footwear. Plus reviews and original writing from Wendy Erskine and Paul Connolly.
“In an era of falling print sales, it might seem foolish to put out a magazine. But it felt like a vital idea in January 2020 and it feels even more important now. We’re surrounded by immense art and stories that aren’t being told. So, we dig away.”Stuart Bailie
“I’ve grown up in the local music scene. I’ve been a teenage photographer, blogger and musician. I’m glad at the chance to use my design skills to create a wonderful magazine to show the love I have for the scene.”Betsy Bailie