Banbridge Writer’s Circle

Libraries NI presents a creative writing workshop focusing on empathy and inclusion.

Booking Essential – please call: Tel 028 4062 3973

Part 2: Border Tales – Workshop by Carole Kane & Paul Hutchinson

An interactive, session in the Jethro Centre, Lurgan. Leading on from Workshop 1, we will follow our curiosity to further explore the concept of Border Tales, connections, space, tension, endings and beginnings. We’ll consider key points from the initial workshop of Shabrae’s experiences in Mexico and consider if and how these might reflect into or differ from our local context.

Paul is the founder/director of Imagined Spaces (specialising in community relations) former Director of Corrymeela and since 1990, a therapist, advocate, manager in mental health services. Amongst other roles, he is also a writer, film-maker and community artist.

Carole is the Good Relations Project Officer in the Jethro Centre. She also has many roles but works across the arts, education and peacebuilding in community settings.

To register attendance for any of these events:


Phone: 028 38325673

Youth In Action, Short Film – Rio Ferdinand Foundation

NI Hyatt Football Tournament 2021: The initiative was part of the Youth In Action programme, in collaboration with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation and UEFA Foundation with the aim to train and support young people by developing leadership skills and taking a lead in tackling inequality and racism in their own communities in Northern Ireland and Ireland.

15 young people from the Syrian refugee community completed a qualification and worked with the NI Hyatt team, partners and volunteers to deliver a family football and cultural event in Portadown People’s Park.

The short film, funded by the Rio Ferdinand Foundation in collaboration with partners and produced by 906 Film, is being promoted to showcase and celebrate the exceptional work carried out by the group so far. This initiative marks the cornerstone of what is planned to be an ongoing programme of youth led citizenship and social action to create a fairer and more inclusive society.

To find out more, please contact

Community Without Hate

This programme will help you to recognise hate crime and hate-motivated incidents in your community. Become equipped in tools allowing to implement zero tolerance to hate approach in the community. We particularly welcome young people on this course as there will be an OCN accreditation option.

This is a FREE 4 week online course which will take place every Wednesday at 7pm.

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Smashing Times Virtual Exhibition

Emotional Landscapes, is a multi-disciplinary virtual Art Exhibition with visual images, poetry, words, music and discussion.

This exhibition is inspired by an artistic response to peace, health and well-being, influences of the pandemic, and themes of health and happiness intersecting with new borders of time and space in a changing landscape.

EU 1979 – A People’s Parliament is an interdisciplinary virtual art exhibition remembering and celebrating the 67 powerful women MEP’s elected to the 1979 first European parliamentary elections. This unique exhibition features artwork created in response to and inspired by the names and biographies of all 67 powerful women MEP’s elected to the 1979 first European parliamentary elections. The women are acknowledged as trail blazing role models to inspire future generations.

Shared Education in Lurgan schools – a local partnership with a global vision

Presentation: Delivered by Alistair Hamill (Lurgan College), Hannah Murtagh (St Ronan’s College) & Michael Walters (PSNI).

Thursday 23 September at 7.30

How did three pupils from different schools in Lurgan end up on a global stage in San Diego, presenting to a live audience of 19,000 people about their story of peace and reconciliation in the town?

The story behind this is one of vision, partnership, openness and an intentionality to make the most of serendipitous happenings. In this webinar, you’ll hear from some of the people involved in this exciting work. They will tell something of the story that led to San Diego and will reflect on some of the deeper principles that they have learned along the way on how to make reconciliation work for today’s young people. They’ll also give you an insight into what’s next for the pupils involved in shared education and what good relations means in its fullest and widest sense as we face the challenge of the climate crisis in the years and decades ahead.                           

To register attendance for this event:


Phone: 028 38325673

Part 1 : Border Tales Workshop – Shabrae Jackson

Shabrae Jackson, an expressive arts facilitator will share her experience and stories of working on the border between Mexico and the US. The wall between these two countries is more than 2,000 miles long and its very presence speaks to individuals and groups who live nearby and the many who are hoping to pass through this contested space.

Shabrae has in-depth experience implementing grassroots community-led projects and lived in Mexico for over 15 years. She is co-founder of UMBRAL, an organization engaged in arts-based psychosocial trauma & healing in Mexico City and at the border with migrants & refugees. She also explores the intersection of arts, hope, and peacebuilding with Geography of Hope, and is a Director of training for International based groups & organisations.

We invite you to this late-night event. Join us for this experiential and facilitated space for collective learning and dreaming about Borders, Belonging and Care at the Threshold.  Have a warm drink a pencil, paper and a photo of something that represents your personal border encounter.

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TADA Multi cultural networking day

As part of Good Relations Week 2021 TADA Rural Support Network will provide a multicultural networking day with music, food and dance from different cultures. To build good relations and gain knowledge of and understanding others religions, cultures and beliefs.

The event will have dancing and music from different cultures and will have food stalls and art and craft stalls. There will be a children’s area with Bouncy Castle, face painting and art and crafts stalls.

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Pathways to Peace – Portadown Walking Tour

Walking tour of Portadown, bringing young people across the interface and visiting areas of their town they have never been before.

Young people will see areas of division and contested spaces, reflecting on the relevance of these contested spaces today, and highlighting the importance of the shared spaces that exist

The young people participating will be from different community backgrounds (PUL, CNR and BME), they will be visiting areas of the town they may not have been before and crossing the interface together. Through this walking tour we will identify key areas of division in the town, such as the peace walls, flags, murals, bonfire sites and marching routes, helping young people understand the significance of these and reflect on the relevance of these contested spaces today.

To find out more, contact – or call 02890323217

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