A Liverpool born crime writer believes that Derry has the potential to become the arts and culture capital of the North.
Dominic Kearney (49), moved to Derry several weeks ago and the lifelong Everton fan said that that the welcome he has received is amongst the warmest he has ever experienced.
“Since arriving here, I have noticed so many similarities between the people here and the people in Liverpool - Derry is just a remarkable place.
“Derry is such an amazing city. I think it’s going to have so much to offer in terms of culture and I can’t wait to see what the place will look like during its year as City of Culture next year.”
Dominic was born and reared in Gateacre, just south of Liverpool.
After leaving school when he was 18 years-old Dominic went on to study English Literature at the University of Newcastle where upon graduating he secured a job a reporter for a local newspaper in Hexham.
Dominic’s time as a journalist was brief as the paper ceased publication a few years later.
Dominic then went on to become an English Literature teacher at a local secondary school but for the last six years he has been working with young people who find themselves on the periphery of the education system.
“I worked for a pupil referral service. Children who were experiencing trouble or difficulties at school would come to us and we would work with them to ensure they achieved the relevant qualifications - if I am honest, I’d like to get back to doing something like that in Derry.”
Dominic’s first and only book to date, is called ‘Cast Iron Men’ and is available for the Kindle through Amazon.com.
“Ever since my early days as an idealistic journalist I always had a passion for writing so a while ago I decided to try writing a crime a novel.
“I don’t want people to mistake my confidence in my ability for arrogance because I believe in the book and think it’s a good read.”
‘Cast Iron Men’ is a book about two female investigative reporters. The story is based in Liverpool and Dominic said that depending on its success he has every intention of following it up with a sequel.
“The book looks at the personal and professional lives of the two female reporters in the sense that during the day they are coming into contact with murderers and thugs and at night they go home and prepare the dinner and look after the kids.
“It’s also interesting to note that the book is set in a city that also had a city of culture title, albeit the European City of Culture, like Derry.
“I have had some really good reviews and novelist M.J. Hyland gave the book five stars out of five on Amazon - I was delighted with that.”
The reason for Dominic’s decision to pack up and move to Derry is because his fiancée is from Omagh and they are due to be married in the next few months.
Dominic said that the hardest thing about leaving Liverpool was having to give up his Everton F.C. season ticket but added that he could take some comfort from the fact that the team was in good hands with Derry men Darron Gibson and Shane Duffy both playing for the club.
“My brother Jamie has moved here with me and the first we did when we came here was join the closest Everton F.C. supporters club - we are already experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
“It’s nice to be living in a city where one of our star players is from. Darron Gibson is a top class player and I have every belief that he will go from strength to strength this season.
“Then there’s Shane Duffy - now there’s a player with bags of ability.”
He added: “I’ve been tempted to go along to the Brandywell but it would be really tough for me to cheer on a team in red,” he laughed.
‘Cast Iron Men’ is available for Kindle through www.amazon.co.uk and costs £3.08