Was inspired to launch Nottingham Peacebuilders by the Gandhi, King, Ikeda (Peacebuilders) touring exhibition*. When the general discourse is bleak, a message of building peace through peaceful action and dialogue becomes a valuable asset, uniting people and communities around humanitarian values we all prize. Cathy’s background is in music, performance, recording, writing, teaching (including Creative Writing), Arts production, Inclusion work in Education and through the Arts, and she is also a psychotherapeutic counsellor.
*The Gandhi, King, Ikeda (Peacebuilders) Exhibition was sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel and the Gandhi Centre for Reconciliation at Morehouse College, S.W. Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and hosted in Nottingham by SGI UK, the cultural organisation founded by Buddhist philosopher and peace leader, Daisaki Ikeda.
As Principal Arts Officer for Nottingham City Council, Sharon is responsible for a wide number of city events, with a long history in community development using arts practice as a tool for change and community cohesion. She has supported Nottingham Peacebuilders from its inception in facilitating and planning the 2017 programme. A city that is built on diversity and inclusion requires constant opportunities for engagement and dialogue and Sharon is committed to the idea of Nottingham as a beacon for a more caring Society. Peacebuilders’ use of the Arts to ignite dialogue has been a gift with some very special outcomes, with the promise of more to come.
Photographer, cameraman, film-maker, web designer, David has been the eyes of Nottingham Peacebuilders.
Sheelagh Gallagher has been working in the field of Literature and Creative Writing for over twenty years. She has taught in Higher and Further Education, in hospices, prisons, mental health settings and community groups. For ten years she was Reading Development Officer for Nottinghamshire Libraries. Since then she has been involved in a range of literature projects and runs reading groups in prisons around the country. She strongly believes in the power of reading and creative writing to help us understand ourselves and others and make our private and public worlds healthier and happier.
Anthony has worked as a writer and teacher for over twenty years. He has published two novels, a collection of short stories and is previous winner of the BBC Alfred Bradley Award for Radio Drama. Anthony is a firm believer in the transformative power of exchanging stories and of putting pen to paper. He has recently worked with First Story, a charity set up to promote literacy, and has held residencies in numerous schools. He teaches creative writing at Nottingham Trent University.