Conflict, Change and Reconciliation: learning from the front line


Celia Atherton, Director of the Dartington Hall Social Justice Programme



Learning Event

This was an evening of debate and discussion held at Darlington Hall in Devon. We had two provocateurs on the platform; Jo Berry, whose father had been killed during the Brighton Bombing in October 1985, and Patrick Magee, the man who had planted the device and was previously a senior member of the Irish Republican Arm.




Together, along with me as Chairman and 150 members of the audience, we challenged ourselves to reflect on who is a terrorist and who is a victim? We discussed the value of dialogue as a way forward for communities facing conflict arising from power imbalances, so prevalent in the world then and now.