Reading and Writing for Peace

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in Festival/Exhibition


This project was inspired by a worldwide effort to mark the centenary of the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands ( The Peace Palace is the seat of international law; it houses the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Hague Academy of International Law, and the Peace Palace Library.

A number of institutions around the world came together to broaden the reach of the Peace Palace Centenary, so that a wider public beyond The Hague is educated about this important moment, and about spreading the messages about justice, peace, and consensus which are embodied in the Palace’s conception.

The activities in Northern Ireland centred on a project which received funding from the Community Relations Council, known as ‘Reading and Writing for Peace’ ( Its aim was to use the reading and writing of poetry to engage citizens with ideas about peace and reconciliation, and to get them to think about how they can verbalise their own views on these important issues. Participants were involved with two activities: reading and writing workshops, and performance events.

The project was funded by two grants from the Community Relations Council.
Event typeOther
LocationBelfast, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Peace Palace
  • Leon Litvack