ARCHIVE 2012-13

Pádraig Ó Tuama

Scottish Holy City Tour 2012

Sarah Maitland

Silence
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ARCHIVE 2012-13


Friday 30th November - Saturday 1st December 2012: ANGRY JESUS & OTHER STORIES... an urban retreat with Pádraig Ó Tuama


This weekend urban retreat will explore some of the gospel stories where Jesus is depicted as angry, moody, snappy and grieving, and reflect on the value of these texts for our everyday lives. Come with your winter woolies, with warm hearts, with stories and with gladness - this retreat will be a time for listening, sharing and deepening our reading of the gospel texts.

Venue: Relationships Scotland Family Mediation Centre, 19 Woodside Place, Glasgow G3 7QL

Cost: Suggested donation for the retreat, £25 (Deposit of £10 required)

This event was organised by Holy City & Wild Goose Resource Group
www.wgrg.co.uk
www.holycity-glasgow.co.uk

Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet, theologian and group worker, originally from Cork but now living in Belfast where, for the past nine years he has used elements of faith, poetry, hope and truth-telling for the purpose of helping individuals tell some of their experiences of living through the Irish conflict in a way that builds curiosity and connections through simple story.

Much of his public dialogue work has centred around improving the tone of public discourse around Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender lives and stories. A gay man himself, Pádraig uses skills in poetry, theology and mediation to nurture connections where fruitless and predictable arguments can be transformed into dignified and dignifying human encounters.

Scotland's own Solas Festival, the Greenbelt Festival and Ikon (the Belfast-based ‘emerging church’ collective ) are among those who have commissioned work from Pádraig.

Pádraig's poetry explores the meaningful in the everyday, as well as giving word to the wordlessness of meaninglessness. Seeking to give small lenses into everyday experiences of loneliness, hope, exile and joy, his poems are accessible and powerful. Both on the written page and in his compelling performances, his poems speak of big truths by telling small stories of humanity.

Together with his partner, Pádraig runs Tenx9, a monthly storytelling event in Belfast. This event brings people together to tell real stories from their lives. Each month has a theme and the simple format has proven popular with audiences in Ireland and Britain.

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Tuesday 27th November (evening) & Thursday 29th November (morning): DISAGREEING AGREEABLY with Pádraig Ó Tuama


Much of the public disagreement around sexuality, gay marriage, and LGBT lives and stories has been notable for the antagonistic and rancourous tones in which it has been conducted. If this has been the case in secular circles, in church circles it has been even more pronounced...

This meeting will reflect on the tactics and approaches of a project hosted by the Corrymeela Community in Northern Ireland and with which Pádraig was involved. It sought to explore the possibility of bringing people together, who disagree profoundly on this topic... and while they might remain apart on this issue, to nevertheless allow significant degrees of respectful and agreeable regard to be achieved.

The unpacking of such insights offer an opportunity to discern useful lessons for the current Scottish situation. Tea & coffee will be provided.

Venue: Langside Parish Church, 167 Ledard Road, Glasgow G42 9QU

Cost: Suggested donation £3 (though more or less, and only what you can afford)

This event was organised by Holy City & Wild Goose Resource Group; and with thanks to David McLachlan & Langside Parish Church.

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Wednesday 28th November: QUEERING THE QUESTION - LGBT voices and the power of faith/ a seminar with Pádraig Ó Tuama


Learning from the experience and analysis of a large group mediative process involving LGBT activists and Clergy in Northern Ireland.

This seminar will explore:

. Dynamics of public discourse involving ideologically based moral norms.
. The question of 'truth' in dialogue involving the stories of faith and LGBT lives and stories.
. The dynamics of scapegoating in a group process.
. Is it ever possible to be without an agenda?
. The impact of Irish sectarianism and conflict on public, political and religious discourse.
. Considerations on the process for framing contentious questions in this public dialogue.
. Practical lessons learnt from a large group mediative process held as part of the Irish Peace Centres Faith and Peace programme in Northern Ireland, 2011.

While this seminar is part of an MSc in Mediation and Conflict Resolution course, it will be possible for a limited number of non-students to join this meeting. Places are free and will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis.

Organised by Charlie Irvine, Strathclyde University & Wild Goose Resource Group.

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FOUR POETS IN SEARCH OF A WILD GOOSE

Thursday 29th November:

An evening of poetry with Pádraig Ó Tuama, Rob A. Mackenzie, Elspeth Murray and Andrew Philip



Join Rob A Mackenzie, Elspeth Murray, Andrew Philip and Pádraig Ó Tuama for an evening of stirring, entertaining and inspiring poetry. (£7)

Pádraig Ó Tuama from Cork, lives and works in Belfast. His first, long-awaited poetry collection, Readings from the Book of Exile (Canterbury Press), was published earlier this year. Pádraig's poetry interweaves parable, poetry, art, activism and philosophy into an original and striking expression of faith. His poems are accessible, memorable profound and challenging. They emerge powerfully from a context of struggle and conflict and yet are filled with hope.

Rob A. Mackenzie was born in Glasgow and lives in Edinburgh. His second collection, The Good News, will be published next year. Previous work includes The Opposite of Cabbage (Salt 2009) and two pamphlets: Fleck and the Bank (Salt 2012), which dramatized a bank employee’s life during the financial crisis, and The Clown of Natural Sorrow, (HappenStance Press 2005). He is reviews editor for Magma Poetry magazine.

Elspeth Murray, born in 1970, is a poet with a strong record of collaborative work in education, business and the performing arts. In 2006, she held workshops mixing poetry with science in primary schools and led courses on writing for health professionals. She has been poet in residence with PR and design agencies as well as for Glasgow Fort shopping centre and has written a poetic whisky label for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Andrew Philip was born in Aberdeen in 1975 and grew up near Falkirk. His second full collection, The North End of the Possible, will be published next year. His first, The Ambulance Box (Salt, 2009), was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry and in the Scottish Book Awards. His work has been published in the UK and US and included in anthologies such as The Forward Book of Poetry 2010, The Best British Poetry 2011 and Adventures in Form.

Time & Venue: 7.30pm @ Hemma, 75 Holyrood Road, EH8 8AE Edinburgh

Cost: £7 (on door)

More info: Facebook event page: here or Wild Goose Resource Group


This event was organised by Andrew Philip in collaboration with Holy City & Wild Goose Resource Group.

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Pádraig Ó Tuama


Publications:
Readings from the Book of Exile – Book (Canterbury Press, 2012)
Hymns To Swear By – CD (Proost, 2010)

Digital:
A theology of the human – Talk @ Greenbelt 2009
http://www.greenbelt.org.uk/media/talks/14458-padraig-o-tuama/

Pádraig O’Tuama & Nic Gareiss – Interview @ Solas 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyolpZOLJtw

Padraig O Tuama at Revolution NYC - Performance
http://soundcloud.com/sojournersblogs/padraig-o-tuama-at-revolution

Blog:
In the shelter of each other
http://intheshelter.com/

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Sunday 5th May 2013: SARA MAITLAND IN CONVERSATION


Sara will be reading from her book, ‘A Book of Silence’ (Granta 2008), and talking with Jo Love about some of the themes in it, sharing insights into how her silent life has developed over the last 5 years.

@ 2.30 – 4.00pm.
Renfield St Stephen’s Centre, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow


Tickets (for the afternoon event only) are £6 / £3 concessions, payable on the day. Booking is required. Please contact Gail or Graham at 0141 332 6343; [email protected]

Holy City is most generously hosted by the congregation and minister (Peter Gardner) of Renfield St Stephen's Centre in their Centre. We are deeply grateful for their long-standing support and hospitality. Nor should we forget those other stars and starlettes from RSS, our seductively lovely Tea Team: Sheila, Helen, Graham, Fiona & Alec.
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