Transforming society through engaging place based leaders

Transforming society through engaging place based leaders By Allan LEONARD 1 November 2012 A conference organised by the University of Ulster addressed the dynamic and innovative approaches to place-based leadership, and how they could be applied in Northern Ireland and abroad. UU Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Alastair Adair, spoke about how these approaches were reflected … Continue reading Transforming society through engaging place based leaders

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Mr Ulster does Good Form Running

Over the past three years Running Times has reported on what is known as minimalist running, which is based on the concept that every human, regardless of weight or stature, actually runs a natural stride barefoot (ie. a midfoot strike), then why encourage a sloppy and injury prone style (heel-to-toe)? Originally I dismissed this. After … Continue reading Mr Ulster does Good Form Running

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Book review – To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper LEE)

Somehow I escaped reading this essential school text, with its story of racism in 1930s American South. Living in Northern Ireland, I draw parallels with sectarianism, with its similar bigotry and prejudice. To Kill a Mockingbird was part of a Unite Against Hate campaign event at Parliament Buildings in Northern Ireland, which I've written about … Continue reading Book review – To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper LEE)

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Red Red Shoes project

Red Red Shoes Project by Allan LEONARD for Shared Future News 23 March 2012 At the Brian Friel Theatre (Queen's Film Theatre) was an arts conference hosted by The Playhouse ICAN Project and the School of Creative Arts at Queen's University. "Nine Tenths Under: Performing the Peace" explores how the arts can cast light on … Continue reading Red Red Shoes project

The Northern Ireland Peace Process: Sharing Experiences of Transition

The Northern Ireland Peace Process: Sharing Experiences of Transition by Allan LEONARD and Quintin OLIVER March 2012 At its 2011 gathering, the Forum for Cities in Transition in Derry-Londonderry set out a programme of panel discussions, workshops and plenary sessions, so that participants could discuss learning points and examine how examples could be implemented in … Continue reading The Northern Ireland Peace Process: Sharing Experiences of Transition

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Mr Ulster learns street photography

Recently I took a one-day course on street photography, held at Belfast Exposed. My motivation was that while I learned how to use a camera 30 years ago (printing from black and white film shot in a Canon AE1 Program), I have been wanting to go beyond taking competent publicity shots and colourful tourist scenes. … Continue reading Mr Ulster learns street photography

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A call for mentoring support: Spirit of Enniskillen conference

A call for mentoring support: Spirit of Enniskillen conference by Allan LEONARD 2 February 2012 The Spirit of Enniskillen's annual Together schools conference at the Wellington Park Hotel brought together over 100 Year 13 pupils from twenty schools across Northern Ireland, to explore and discuss 6th Form leadership for the Sharing in Education programme that … Continue reading A call for mentoring support: Spirit of Enniskillen conference

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Foto Foyle 2012 Exhibitions

As coincidence would have it, I was in Derry/Londonderry for a set of meetings and decided to stay on for an early evening launch event of the 2012 Foto Foyle programme of photo exhibitions. Inside The Playhouse was a display of a new body of work by Christof Pluemacher, "one of Germany's foremost photographic artists". … Continue reading Foto Foyle 2012 Exhibitions