Building bridges across the divide

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Wednesday 16 October 6.30pm

On the 40th anniversary of the Brighton bomb, Patrick Magee and Jo Berry will be in conversation with Marina Cantacuzino, founder of The Forgiveness Project.

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  • The discussion will focus on the courage and complexity of a healing journey developed over 24 years. Despite the fact that Patrick killed Jo’s father, their story has become a profound example of reconciliation and the power of compassion. Their experience is unique in the world and has been the subject of peace studies and conflict transformation education globally.

    Jo is an international speaker, educationist and peace builder, as well as founder of the charity, Building Bridges for Peace. Patrick Magee was released from prison in 1999 under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. For 27 years he was a committed member of the IRA and remains a republican. He completed his PhD while in prison and in 2021 his memoir Where Grieving Begins was published by Pluto Press.

    This is the first event to mark the 40th anniversary of the Brighton bomb, and will be followed by a series of events intended to focus on peace and reconciliation and the lasting legacy of Jo’s work with Building Bridges for Peace. This collaborative evening also celebrates the 20th anniversary of The Forgiveness Project, a charity whose peace activism is devoted to the collection and curation of testimonies bearing witness to restorative responses to harm, violence and conflict.

    See the Forgiveness Project