Book review: Great Thinkers (The School of Life)

Book review: Great Thinkers (The School of Life)

Great Thinkers is a compilation of 60 short essays — about 1,500 to 3,000 words each — published by The School of Life, which dedicates itself to “developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture”. It describes the book as a volume of some of the most important ideas of Eastern and Western culture, drawn […]

Post-Agreement identity narratives: A photographic essay

Post-Agreement identity narratives: A photographic essay

The 1998 Belfast/Good Friday Agreement gives legal recognition to the coexisting and overlapping national citizenships in Northern Ireland, entitling those born in the jurisdiction to be British, Irish, or both. The devolved administration codifies the traditional political identities of “Unionist” and “Nationalist”, as well as an opportunity for “Others”. The accord has also pledged greater […]

Leaving Medium

Leaving Medium

Leaving Medium by Allan LEONARD 27 April 2019 When Medium appeared, at first glance it could be seen as just a reiteration of a free-to-publish online platform for bloggers and specialist writers. Posterous 2.0 if you will. But its creator, Evan Williams, co-founder of Blogger.com and Twitter, also sees Medium as a democratic means of […]

Developing an esprit de corps to transform health and social care services

Developing an esprit de corps to transform health and social care services

Developing an esprit de corps to transform health and social care services by Allan LEONARD 4 April 2019 I delivered the following speech at a presentation on Integrated Care Partnerships, at a conference event, “Transformation: Paving the Way Forward”, organised by the Northern Ireland Healthcare Leadership Form (NIHLF):

Decisive moments at Belfast City Hospital

Decisive moments at Belfast City Hospital

Decisive moments at Belfast City Hospital: A street photography exhibition by Tuck GOH by Allan LEONARD 17 January 2019 At the Tower Gallery in City Hospital, I arrived with some time to spare in advance of the official start of an exhibition of street photography by Tuck Goh. I took a seat and watched passers-by […]

SEVERE: Interview with Martin SEEDS

SEVERE: Interview with Martin SEEDS

SEVERE: Interview with Martin SEEDS by Allan LEONARD 5 November 2018 A new body of work by Belfast-born artist, Martin Seeds, has just been shown as part of the Brighton Photo Fringe. The works are an extension of Seeds’ application of landscape and allegory. Or put another way, our political landscape — literally and figuratively.