On 12th May 2010 more than 800 people piled into St John’s Smith Square, London, to hear Archbishop Desmond Tutu, founding patron of The Forgiveness Project, deliver our inaugural annual lecture – ‘Is Violence Ever Justified?’ Touching briefly on the Church’s view of a just war and challenging the audience to consider ‘what would you do… more
In October 2009, on the 25th anniversary of the Brighton Bomb, we collaborated with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues (http://www.conflictissues.org.uk/) and invited Pat Magee (the former IRA activist responsible for planting the bomb) to speak alongside Jo Berry, the daughter of Sir Anthony Berry who was killed in the attack. The event… more
In 2005 The Forgiveness Project undertook a period of research in HMPs Brixton and Holloway in partnership with Synergy Theatre Project (http://www.synergytheatreproject.co.uk/) and Olivier Award-winning playwright Shelagh Stephenson. This collaboration was successfully brought to fruition through a theatre production of the resulting commissioned play, The Long Road which opened at London’s Soho Theatre in May… more
Through the digital media accredited course we ran at High Down prison in Surrey during 2008-9 we made several short films devised and created by prisoners chronicling their life stories and ideas around forgiveness. Committing stories to film is a powerful way to strengthen victim empathy and convey remorse.