Paul Devlin (the start of a tribute)

I recently lost a close friend and colleague, Dr Paul Devlin from Drama at Magee. I had previously written here that we were collaborating on projects, so I thought I’d write something about him here. It’s not a proper tribute yet, it’s just the start of one right now…

Paul was a major creative force in the university and the city…playful, spontaneous and insightful. We’d started work together on a project (and, in typical Paul fashion, an ongoing set of themed conversations) we called SITUS (Sound in the Urban Space). Paul had interests in site–specific practices, but was also starting to form great conceptual ideas about sound and memory. I worked with him on his Austins: Memory and Place project, presented in December 2013 as part of Derry~Londonderry City of Culture 2013. That project was based on responses to Austins department store (one of the oldest in the world) and its place as a central social focal point in Derry. But there were so many other ideas we’d started to throw around and I’m just one of the people who he was starting conversations and projects with. He was a focal point himself and I count myself lucky to have known him…