A poem prompted by experiences in Kenya


Videos available as a resource

The EDiCT project (Empathy Dynamics in Conflict Transformation) has a YouTube channel, that links to the Empathy Manual. There you can find videos relating to conflict transformation in Kenya and Nepal, and a video of the Empathy model. Click here or follow the Link

Today at the exhibition

Simon Weatherbed from the NGO Responding to Conflict will join me today at my exhibition. At 1700 we will engage in a public conversation on “Creating empathy and transforming conflict”. We’ll start with remembering our visit to Maralal in northern Kenya to see the peace-building work of Evans Onyiego and his team in March 2012. … Continue reading

Conflict transformation and creativity

If you are in the north of England, do come along to the University of Leeds tomorrow. I am going to be ‘in conversation’ with Simon Weatherbed from the NGO Responding to Conflict about “Conflict transformation and creativity”. We will talk about our shared experience in Kenya last year, and the creative conflict transformation work … Continue reading

Criminals do empathy too

Criminal activity needs empathy too. Understanding how other people feel and think doesn’t just help relieve suffering; it may also increase it. Every time someone falls for a confidence trickster and hands over their savings, the processes of empathy have been at work, as the criminal finds the best way to convince the victim. This … Continue reading

Starting today

Our ‘learning conference’ starts today in London. We have three peace-builders from Kenya and two child rights advocates from Nepal, with two more arriving on Wednesday. Together we are working on training materials to bring ideas about empathy and dyspathy into conflict transformation. With these creative people engaged, it should be an exciting ride. I’ll … Continue reading

Preparing in uncertainty

Exciting times in the current project as we prepare for a learning conference on Empathy Dynamics in Conflict Transformation here in London. Following the visit to Nepal in March, it seemed like a good idea to bring some of our Nepali collaborators to meet Kenyan colleagues to work together on how to bring ideas about … Continue reading

Falling into Place

The opening of the art exhibition ‘Falling into Place’ went well on Friday. The Open University kindly funded the catalogue, which shows how my visit to Kenya led to new developments in my painting. You can read it here.

Art exhibition

We’re driving north today to hang my paintings in the Clothworkers Hall Foyer at the University of Leeds. The exhibition is called Falling into Place and is inspired by my experiences in Kenya. It marks an important step in my art practice because it’s my first solo show. I wanted the visual impact to reflect … Continue reading

Painting and empathy research

Someone commented that I haven’t written much here about my paintings, or shown many, even though last year’s visit to Kenya pushed me into a particularly productive phase of art making. I have been painting and drawing for many years. I started late as, like many pupils at the time of grammar schools, I was … Continue reading