Forgiveness in an Unforgiving Age

21/02/2018 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH

What is forgiveness and what can the latest psychological research tell us about its nature? Join us for the launch of 'Forgiveness is Really Strange' (Singing Dragon / Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2018), a witty and intelligent comic exploring the key aspects of forgiveness, in the company of authors Marina Cantacuzino and Masi Noor, joined by illustrator Sophie Standing.

Based on science and real-life stories, the book illustrates the complexity of forgiveness, what it can mean to different people and its potential for positive change. It explores the key aspects of forgiveness and the impact it can have on the mind and psyche.

The event is organised in collaboration with The Forgiveness Project and Jessica Kingsley Publishers.


“Just open the first page of ‘Forgiveness is Really Strange’. You will be drawn instantly into all the knotty issues of this vital subject, in a totally magnetic way. How? Because a psychologist from Keele University and the person who pioneered the Forgiveness Project got together with a brilliant graphic artist, so there are very few words. What you get is an unsentimental, evidence-based approach to a subject that can otherwise seem wishy-washy at times. Very complex and challenging ideas are conveyed through amazing life examples and simple, powerful illustrations. Give it to everyone you know, and the world will be happier place.” - Dr Scilla Elworthy, founder of the Oxford Research Group and Peace Direct


Marina Cantacuzino’s background is journalism and in 2003 - in the lead up to the Iraq War - she started collecting personal stories of atrocity and terrorism which drew a line under the dogma of vengeance. The stories formed a body of work in the celebrated F Word exhibition and led to Marina founding The Forgiveness Project, a UK based not-for-profit unaffiliated to any religious and political group. Her first book, ‘The Forgiveness Project: Stories for a Vengeful Age’ (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015), explores forgiveness and reconciliation through individual real-life stories, and promotes alternatives to violence and revenge.

Dr. Masi Noor is a social psychologist in the School of Psychology at Keele University, UK. He completed his PhD degree at Sussex University. Masi's main line of research focuses on understanding the psychology of forgiveness. He has published numerous scientific articles on forgiveness and is the co-founder of the Forgiveness Toolbox. In 2011, he was awarded the Early Career Award of the American Psychological Association's Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence.


When: Wednesday 21 February, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH

Admission is free but spaces are limited so please book now on Eventbrite.