3 lines and a gap …

3 lines and a gap …

A man called Pete Wallis first introduced me to Restorative Justice. I had the joy of working with him for 6 years when I worked for the youth offending service in England. In his book, ‘Understanding Restorative Justice’ Pete suggests that crime creates a gap between...
Drawing a line …

Drawing a line …

Whether it be drawing the first line on an architectural plan, chiseling the formative channel out of a section of wood, stitching the inaugural row of an embroidery, making the initial downstroke of a letter, or being brave enough to make a brush stroke on an empty...
The gift of food shared…

The gift of food shared…

Last week, I was taught the importance of food in transcending culture and language by a friend’s seven year old daughter. Ten years ago I had the privilege of being the witness at a friend’s wedding in the Czech Republic…I had not seen my friend...
Portholes and shoormal

Portholes and shoormal

I went to the opening of a friend’s exhibition last week, ‘Island Connections‘, by Vivian Ross-Smith, at Bonhoga Gallery. It is a collection of works that examines the relationships between people and land. Vivian carried out an artist residency on...
Mending prejudice …

Mending prejudice …

On an evening when it is reported that the man who is accused of murdering Jo Cox MP researched the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist organisations… In a week when a multi millionaire businessman with reported possible links to the Ku Klux Klan is elected...
‘Grey is the colour of promise’

‘Grey is the colour of promise’

Many visitors to the exhibition found resonances with this beautiful piece of writing by my mother. A number of people have asked for a copy of it, so here it is…   Grey is the colour of promise It is the colour of morning mist which evaporates to a...