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Back in Belfast

Monday, January 27, 2014
Back in Belfast

I remember the first time I cast an eye down on Belfast from the ‘other side.’ It was a disorientating moment, writes Jonny Campbell. The landmarks occupied their proper place in a landscape snapshot that is deeply embedded in my every childhood memory and yet now...

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Hope in the middle

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Hope in the middle

Conclusions. Life is full of them, writes Emma Wood. Things ending to allow for other things to begin. My history teacher always taught us, hammered into us, that a good essay always finishes strong. Her tip: Always think long and hard about the point you want...

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Homeless Hopes

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Homeless Hopes

He says his perceptions of the homeless community totally altered after a stint of volunteering with Belfast’s Welcome Organisation – now student Paul Loughran wants as many people as possible to see beyond the stereotypes. It’s why he’s set up an initiative called Regenerate NI. ...

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Interface Hope

Saturday, July 13, 2013
Interface Hope

They came from interfaces across the city to tell their stories.  For most of them it was the first time they’d held a microphone & faced an audience.  And yet here they were sharing their experiences of a cross-community project which had taken them to...

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I Have a Voice

Sunday, June 23, 2013
I Have a Voice

It jumped out at her as she browsed online – she could have just clicked on to another page – but instead Gemma Wilson decided to stand against this source of injustice & humiliation.  This is her story of how she made her voice count… ...

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Just Giving

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Just Giving

Four months ago I moved to Belfast from Gap in France, writes Jeff Vachier. Coming to live in Northern Ireland was a chance to meet people from here – and discover more about this place and its way of life…. One of the things that...

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Brighter Belfast

Thursday, January 24, 2013
Brighter Belfast

“I sat glowing”; “It was like watching pure gold melting” – Eddie Spence searches for words to do justice to the moment when his west Belfast community garden project scooped the top accolade at a City Council award ceremony.   The Brighter Belfast Awards celebrate...

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Belfast needs more love letters

Saturday, December 22, 2012
Belfast needs more love letters

I believe in the power of words; their ability to speak into someone’s life – to change people’s stories actually – to communicate hope and life, writes Luke Williams. I’d love to see our city become home to new words – new stories – and best...

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Belfast’s Interface Diaries

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Belfast’s Interface Diaries

They stared wide-eyed into a computer screen – facing ‘the other community’ for the first time – asking questions they’d never uttered before – hearing answers that would change their lives. Interface Diaries is a project which brings groups of teenagers from across divides in...

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Park Life

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
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