23rd Apr 2020 in Arts
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.
The core team is Stuart Bailie (former Assistant Editor of NME, author of Trouble Songs, co-founder of the Oh Yeah Music Centre) and Betsy Bailie (Manchester School of Art design student, Hive Radio station manager/DJ and blogger).
Dig With It takes its name from a Seamus Heaney poem about the primacy of the pen. The magazine took shape in early 2020 and completion was delayed by the coronavirus outbreak. Stuart and Betsy decided to press on, and kept the optimistic tone of the pre-pandemic interviews.
The magazine will be quarterly. A summer issue is currently in the planning stage. Dig With It has launched a Kickstarter campaign on Thursday 23rd April, with special rewards, to help finance the printing costs. The magazine will be launched on Thursday 7th May.
Dig With It is about quality writing plus original photography and design. The magazine is an act of faith – the sure belief that creativity matters, especially now.
Issue 1 is set to print. Seventy two pages, no ads. 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.
Stuart Bailie says: “In an era of falling print sales, it might seem foolish to put out a new 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.”
Betsy Bailie says: “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.”