Ulster University to host lecture on Poetry and the Art of Peace

Ulster University’s Coleraine campus will host the 2018 Convocation Lecture, Poetry and the Art of Peace, delivered by poet, theologian, mediator and peace activist/educator Pádraig Ó Tuama.

The University’s Convocation provides a formal channel through which its members may communicate their views and opinion, acting as a forum for discussion and debate. This year’s lecture will look at how conflict often begins and ends in words: words of negotiation, words of treaties, words of apology, words of caution. While words are not the final word of peace, they are significant in the process of deepening trust, in acknowledging pain and impact, and in acknowledging both the past and the truth. The lecture will consider words that have current political and poetic currency for peace.

Since 2014, Ó Tuama has been the leader of the Corrymeela community, Ireland’s oldest and preeminent organisation for peace and reconciliation. He grew up in Cork, and after a nomadic, highly creative decade in Switzerland, Australia, Lithuania, Uganda and the Philippines, he settled in Belfast in 2003. With a poet’s interest in storytelling, language, theology and conflict are among the dominant themes referenced in his work.

Pádraig writes poetry and prose, lectures, leads retreats, and is a frequent contributor to religious broadcasting across the British Isles. His published poetry and prose include In the Shelter, Sorry for your Troubles, Readings from the Books of Exile and Discovering the Spirit in the City. He is also a group worker and has worked with groups in Ireland, Britain, the US and Australia.

This is a very special year for the Convocation Lecture, taking place at the Coleraine Campus in its 50th anniversary year, an anniversary that Corrymeela has recently also celebrated. Ó Tuama’s lecture draws a wonderful congruence between these two institutions, both founded on the North Coast, both created to bring new hope and new potential to Northern Ireland as it entered into its period of greatest darkness.

All are more than welcome to this very special event. The lecture takes place at 5.30pm on Thursday 8th March in the Bannview Rooms at the Coleraine campus, with light refreshments afterwards. Please let UUC know if you intend to come – for management of numbers – by contacting:

Convocation Executive Committee
Office of the University Secretary
Ulster University
Cromore Road
BT52 1SA
(028) 7012 4114

(Source: Ulster University Convocation)

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