Reading, Writing, Forgiving: Testimonies from a Vengeful Age

25/03/2015 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH

Join us for a book launch in the company of freelance journalist Marina Cantacuzino, the author of the recently published 'The Forgiveness Project: stories for a vengeful age' (Jessica Kingsley Publishers). The book examines timely subjects like forgiveness and conflict transformation, bringing to the fore stories of loss and reconciliation, as well as personal testimonies of both survivors and perpetrators of crime and violence in the quest for redemption and peace. 

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

 

'The Forgiveness Project: stories for a vengeful age' looks at forgiveness as a resilient response to pain and conflict. The powerful real life stories presented in the book come from ordinary people around the world in a diverse range of situations, including those who have transformed aggression into a driving force for peace. Raising the possibility of alternatives to resentment, retaliation and revenge, each story shows the very real impact of forgiveness (or lack of forgiveness) within a particular context, provoking questions such as 'What is forgiveness?', 'How can you respond to the unforgivable?' and 'Can you move on without forgiveness?'

'Forgiveness is an inspiring, complex, exasperating subject, which provokes strong feeling in just about everyone. I chose this subject because, having worked as a freelance journalist for many years, I knew I was far more moved by stories of forgiveness than of revenge. With the war in Iraq still a topic of fierce debate, and against a background of pay-back and retaliation, these narratives of hope seemed to tap into a deep public need for alternative and peaceful responses to violence. The stories reflect the complex, intriguing and deeply personal nature of forgiveness, occupying a space of inquiry and authenticity rather than dogma or the need to fix.' – Marina Cantacuzino

 

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. The Forgiveness Project explores forgiveness and reconciliation through individual real-life stories, and promotes alternatives to violence and revenge.

 

When: Wednesday 25 March, 6:30pm.
Where: Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X8PH

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

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