Both war and peace require imagination. But peace requires more. It is firmly earthed in the here and now, but not stuck there.
Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet and a theologian. He is the leader of the Corrymeela Community, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organisation. Pádraig brings interest in religion, conflict and language to his work. Originally from Cork, he had a nomadic decade (Australia, Lithuania, Switzerland, the Philippines, Uganda) before settling in Belfast in 2003. Together with his partner Paul he began the monthly storytelling event Tenx9 in the Black Box in Belfast where nine people have up to ten minutes to tell a true story from their lives. His poetry is published by Canterbury Press and prose by Hodder & Stoughton.
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