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Major new book: Poacher's Pilgrimage: an Island Journey


"Fascinating, provocative and, occasionally, very funny" - Times Literary Supplement

"This is the book I've been waiting to read all my life" - BBC's Cameron McNeish, mountaineer

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Shortcut links to Key Material


[Contact information]

[Events itinerary & diary]

[Short CV and Academic CV]

[Published articles - chronological]

Published articles - classified index:

  1. Community

  2. Globalisation

  3. Nonviolence

  4. Sustainability & Climate

  5. Land Reform

  6. Superquarries

  7. Epistemology

  8. Psychology

  9. PNG & Pacific

  10. Spirituality

  11. Consciousness

  12. Mythology

  13. Scottish Constitutional


Other Key Links

[Press and Broadcast interviews]

[An Idea of Speaking Topics]

[Bookings and accountability ethos]

[Index of rare third party resources]

[Links to other websites]

[Letters to the Press]

[BBC Thoughts for the Day]







New This Past Year:  [Invitation to a readers' Poaching Party, Sat 20 May, Glasgow]  [The Useful Bag - essay on technology & conviviality, Dark Mountain Journal (posted Apr 2017)]  [Video interview with Queens University Law School on my work and books (Apr 2017, 28 mins)]  [Report on GalGael trip to Iona (Apr 2017)]  [Author interview in Life and Work, Church of Scotland (Feb 2017, 4 pp, 12 MB)]  [TEDx Talk on Poacher's Pilgrimage at the Royal Society of Edinburgh] (Dec 2016)]  [Compilation of Poacher's Pilgrimage video clips from BBC's Adventure Show (12 mins, Dec 2016)]  [Evangelicalism and the Trump Vote - Bella Caledonia (Nov 2016)]  [Donald Trump and the Second Sight - Bella Caledonia piece on psychohistory (Nov 2016)]  [BBC Radio 4 radio piece with Verene (3 mins) on spirituality of stillbirth (see also older article) and full dialogue on British Library website (50 mins) Sept 2016]  [Comment in The Herald on Chilcot & International Humanitarian Law (Jul 2016)]  [Interview in Brazilian Jesuit agricultural magazine, Portuguese/English (May 2016)]  [Decolonising Land & Soul - Canada Quaker YM Lecture (posted Mar 2016)]  [Spiritual Activism named "Book of the Year" by Jonathon Porritt (Jan 2016)]  [Spiritual Activism - sample chapter on Nonviolence (Jan 2016)]  [Back page interview in Church Times - activism & nonviolence (Dec 2015)]  [Interviews - press, radio, TV (to date)]  [BBC Thoughts for the Day (to date)]  [Twitter feed]   


Hello, and a warm welcome to the website of Alastair McIntosh. Thank you for visiting my home page. See below for contact details and public itinerary, the tabs above for main themes, and links to the left for a classified index of publications and other ports of call.

I live within the old parish boundary of Govan in the city of Glasgow, Scotland, am an independent scholar, activist, writer, speaker and broadcaster from the Isle of Lewis and work freelance but with academic links that include being an Honorary Senior Research Fellow (visiting professor) in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow and a Research Fellow at the School of Divinity (New College) in the University of Edinburgh. Locally in Govan I am a founding director of the GalGael Trust; also a Fellow and special advisor to the Centre for Human Ecology (CHE) of which I was previously director.


What I Do and Why this Website (updated for 2017)

The purpose of this site is to represent myself professionally - see above links about my work - and to share with others the material that I unearth in a life of action and reflection. It is a self-maintained amateur website, created with antique software that is devoid of glitzy bells and smells. Functionally it does the job and - who knows? - one day it might win an award for being so "retro".

The constantly growing material posted here represents my work in human ecology - the study of and participation in relationships between the natural environment and the social environment. Some define human ecology in terms of population, environment, resources and development (PRED). My approach additionally integrates the psychological and spiritual backdrop to being human. In evaluating what matters I therefore ask such questions as:

bullet"Does what I do feed the hungry?"
bullet"Is it relevant to the poor or to the broken in nature?"
bullet"Does it contribute to understanding and meaningfulness?"
bullet"Does it give life?" 

More and more over recent years it's been the last of these questions that most binds my work together. Doing human ecology is like pulling on a tangled ball of string. You can't unravel one loop until you've understood the interconnections with all the rest. For me, these connections are about life itself, about love and consciousness, and how they can be better integrated with such practical concerns as ecology and economics.

The backbone of this website is my published work. At the top of most pages you'll find a "Published Articles" tab with material listed in chronological order. On the left hand side of this home page is an index of the same classified by subject area. Beneath that are a few other key links.

This site is not a blog. Nearly all of its material has been previously published or delivered (as an address) elsewhere. It has therefore been through varying degrees of third party peer review or editing. It includes items that appeared in small local newspapers, national press features, academic papers in refereed scholarly journals, magazine contributions, published letters, reports, speeches, poetry and broadcasts. There is also a section of 3rd party resource material where I've scanned or digitised important documents, mostly out of print, that are essential to my work or that of colleagues and students. I regret that I cannot accept advertising, unsolicited third party material or requests for reciprocal web links.


Education, Writing, Campaigns & Activities

My school education was all on the Isle of Lewis (1960-73), I have a BSc in geography from the University of Aberdeen (1973-77) submajoring in psychology and moral philosophy, a financial MBA from the University of Edinburgh (1980-81) and a PhD by published works in liberation theology, land reform and community empowerment from the Academy of Irish Cultural Heritages, University of Ulster (2008). For CV and short bio click here.

My work is best known through my books - in order of precedence Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power (2001), Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition (2008), Rekindling Community: Connecting People, Environment and Spirituality (2008) and others, including an Ashgate/Routledge edited academic collection on Radical Human Ecology (2012). These have variously been described as "world-changing" (George Monbiot), "inspirational" (Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury), and "truly mental" by Thom Yorke of Radiohead - but for a more accurate assessment than any of these, ask my wife. My most recent books are  Spiritual Activism - Leadership as Service (Green Books, 2015, co-authored with Matt Carmichael), which reflects a quarter century of teaching experience in that field, and Poacher's Pilgrimage: an Island Journey (Birlinn, 2016). If Soil and Soul is my most important book about the outer life, Poacher's is so as regards the inner life, it being what I think of as an ecology of the imagination.

My best-known work includes Scottish land reform as commenced with the Isle of Eigg (1990 - present), the Harris superquarry battle (1992 - 2004), the spirituality of community, identity, belonging and place (1986 - present), nonviolence and understanding war (1976 - present), the psychospirituality of climate change (2006 to present), and radical human ecology (1990 - present). For further information on my current work and campaigns click here.

Less well-known is my work with South Pacific education, development and ethnography (1980-91 and 2012 onwards in Indonesia), sustainable tropical forestry (1984-95), micro-hydro electric and alternative energy (1978-86 and 2012 onwards), the depth psychology of cigarette advertising (1995-96), corporate social responsibility (with Lafarge) in the cement industry (2004-13), NGO marketing, PR, finance & management (1980-1990), parapsychology and the psychology of consciousness (1973-1980), cultural psychotherapy, conflict and power analysis (1994 - present), the GalGael Trust, urban poverty and cultural renewal (1997 - present) and liberation theology (1977 - present).


Livelihood, Availability for Events and Travel Questions

Since 1996 I've made my living on an entirely self employed basis - writing, teaching courses and guest lecturing, keynote talks at events, broadcasting and consultancy.

For a rough idea of when I might be available, see my public itinerary. For information on how I suggest charging and my approach to travel in the face of climate change click here.

Sometimes I work with unlikely bedfellows. As transparent financial accountability is important for an activist under such circumstances I annually state who pays me, and how much, at this link, which also declares my gross and net taxable income.

Places at which I have spoken or taught in recent years include the universities of Strathclyde, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Exeter, Bath, Cape Breton, Saskatchewan and Florida, the Russian Academy of Sciences (Economics Dept), INSEAD European Management School, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Glasgow School of Art, the British Council, the Irish School of Ecumenics at the University of Ireland, the World Council of Churches, Groupe Credit Mutuel, Shell plc, Nokia Research Centre, Lafarge SA (where I sat (until March 2013 on their Sustainability Stakeholders' Panel), the Edinburgh International Festival, the Schumacher Lectures and Schumacher College, Greenbelt Festival, the Society for Ecological Regeneration, Friends of the Earth, WWF International and UK, Australia's Rainforest Information Centre, Transition Towns, the Diocese of Liverpool, the Iona Community, the Scottish Crofting Foundation, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the Learning and Skills Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Scottish Government, the Jakarta Institute of Theology, the Defence Academy's Joint Services Command & Staff College (JSCSC, on nonviolence), the Royal College of Defence Studies, École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr, the Irish Military College and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.


Life and Work as of 2017

I live with my wife, Vérène Nicolas. We met in Ireland in 1996 where she was working on a farm, having a background in agriculture, economics and rural development. Her present freelance work is with transformative learning and collaborative leadership in community contexts.

My main work is writing, campaigning and research which is mostly funded by the public events to which I am invited. In 2014 major areas are:

bulletA Functional Spirituality for Our Times: The implications of a spiritual underpinning to life runs through all my work. I work both formally and mainly informally with a range of faith communities on the depth psychological and spiritual questions of our age.
bulletLand Reform and Community: This area of my work took off in 1991 with the creation of the original Isle of Eigg Trust for land reform, it resurged again in 2001 with the publication of Soil and Soul and the run-up to the Land Reform (Scotland) Act of 2003, and it has fired up again in 2015 with the Scottish Parliament having introduced a new Land Reform Bill.
bulletClimate Change & the Psychospirituality of Consumerism: This builds on my early work on cigarette advertising as an insight into consumerism, developed especially in my book, Hell & High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition. I frequently take part in debates about climate change where I tackle consumerism as the driving edge. While I have an academic background in earth sciences, I am not a climate change scientist. I therefore take as my baseline for discussion the mainstream scientific consensus about the matter, and as my book's subtitle suggests, my interest lies in the implications for the human condition.
bulletClimate Change and Community in Papua, Indonesia: Since February 2012 Vérène and I have been contributing to a training programme that addresses climate change and community empowerment in Papua Province, Indonesia. This has been variously sponsored both by the Papua Provincial Government, BAPPEDA (the Papua provincial Planning Department), and the British Embassy's UK Climate Change Unit. The role that Verene and I play along with colleagues from the Centre for Human Ecology can be viewed at this link, and the work is continuing into 2017 with the request from the Papuans to increase the focus on the spiritual underpinnings of community empowerment - that from perspectives that include the Christian, the Moslem and indigenous animist understandings of the relationship to nature.
bulletUrban Poverty - Govan and GalGael Trust: I am actively involved in the local community in Govan, especially as a founding director of the GalGael Trust and as a Fellow of the Centre for Human Ecology. At GalGael we use the building of boats and other engagement with the beauty of natural materials and human creativity to address deep-ranging aspects of social violence and other symptoms of poverty. I'm always on the look-out for people who might be able to help with the funding of this inspirational work. Folks who would like to see this work are always welcome to come along to the GalGael's community meal, that starts around 6 pm most Thursday nights. Just turn up and somebody will show you around the workshop. Email me in advance if you want to check if I'll be there to have a chat.
bulletNonviolence and Military Guest Lecturing: Much of my work involves cultural psychotherapy in the context of violence. I work specifically with non-violence, and guest lecture on this to military staff colleges. For the past 20 years I have been asked each year to teach on the Advanced Command & Staff Course at the Joint Services Command & Staff College (UK Defence Academy). Also, sometimes, on the Higher Command & Staff Course (which trains the next generation of generals and equivalent ranks). I have also guest lectured on a NATO Partnership for Peace programme in Geneva, the Royal College of Defence Studies, the Irish Defence Force's Senior Command & Staff Course, and at the French military college at Saint-Cyr. As this work requires wider accountability within the peace movement, an idea of what I say can be gleaned from my Defence Academy textbook chapter, A Nonviolent Challenge to Conflict, from my teaching programme at Saint-Cyr in 2016 here, and a video online of the Remembrance Day Lecture that I gave at the Imperial War Museum in November 2013 that was chaired by CND's Bruce Kent.
bulletSpeaking at Public Events: Event speaking, broadcasting, teaching, study tours, pilgrimages and consultancy - programme in the itinerary below and here for the main themes on which I currently speak and teach. Mostly I do keynote presentations. My hearing is not good, so a functioning loop induction system is helpful, though in difficult soundscapes I make use of auxilliary microphones controlled through a smartphone.
bulletWriting - having published 5 books in 5 years up to 2016, and with Poacher's Pilgrimage having required profound engagement over seven years, my wife has banned me from writing any more books until the list of household chores has been completed.
bulletBroadcasting - I regularly take part in current affairs debates on BBC TV, and religious broadcasting including Prayer for the Day on BBC Radio 4 and Thought for the Day on BBC Radio Scotland. I also get asked to do a range of interviews, podcasts, etc. and these are normally linked where it says "New This Past Year" at the top of this home page, along with writing such as academic papers, newspaper articles and book reviews.
bulletAcademic Collaborations - Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow: I am an Honorary Fellow at the School of Divinity at Edinburgh, and a Senior Honorary Research Fellow (professor) in the College of Social Sciences at Glasgow. Over the past three years the Edinburgh post involved me for half a day a weekin an Arts & Humanities Research Council grant on climate change and "ancestral time" headed by the ecotheologian, Professor Michael Northcott. We are currently working up a fresh proposal to which my contribution will involve nature, consciousness and spiritual experience.
bulletSupport for Young Scholars & Activists - I have been finding that fully half my work time each week is taken up with answering emails and seeing visitors. Last year, I reflected on whether to cut right back on this, or to embrace it as integral to my work, albeit unpaid. I have decided that since young scholars (mainly masters and doctorate candidates)  are so important for the future, but that their supervision can be so needing of additional support, I am going to allow it to continue. Likewise with activists working for social, environmental or spiritual change. It will be on the basis that a little must go a long way.


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Contact Information:


Alastair McIntosh

26 Luss Road


G51 3YD

Scotland / Ecosse



Email - mail@AlastairMcIntosh.com (preferred first point of contact)


Mobile: +44 (0) 7444 580 380 (preferred second point of contact)


Landline Tel: +44 (0) 141 445 8750 (only if all else fails, as my wife takes these calls)


For work issues please try to avoid phoning outside weekday working hours. Remember time zones - we're in GMT or BST in summer (i.e. GMT+1). If you need to discuss something that requires much thought I prefer an email first if possible to arrange a mutually convenient calling time. I am on Skype but keep my profile hidden to minimise interruptions to my writing work.


Twitter: I am not on most social media, but as of July 2015 I have reluctantly ventured on to Twitter to promote forthcoming events and books, plus perhaps occasional reflections and retweats - @alastairmci - I say, reluctantly, owing to the imperative in today's noisy world of conserving space for the inner life from which to try and share with others from a deeper level. Hopefully it's about striking a balance, though I'm all too aware that addictions take many hidden forms.


Directions to our home/office:


Public Transport: For public transport in Scotland, it is worthwhile downloading the Traveline Scotland app. If coming from central Glasgow, take the subway (underground train) to either Govan or Ibrox. They're each one mile from our house. From Govan is a more interesting walk, but Ibrox is a simpler route and less congested if we're picking you up by car (see below if walking). From either Govan subway station or the city centre (Renfield St), you can get a McGills Route 26 bus to the second stop on Craigton Road, from where we're the next street up on the right. They're every 10 or 16 minutes during the day, but the timetable is unreliable. Our house is no. 26, half way along Luss Rd on the right. If coming from city centre's Queen St or Central stations, the stops for the 26 bus are on Renfield Street (extending onto Union Street). Taxis up from Govan are about £4, from city centre about £12, and from the airport about £20.


If walking from the subway exit at Ibrox, turn right onto Copland Road. Up to the lights and turn right. Pass alongside the Rangers football stadium, go straight on over the first roundabout, straight over the second roundabout, on to the lights, turn right down Craigton Road, and Luss Road is the 5th exit on the left (depending on what you count as an exit).


By Car: If coming on the M8 from east or west, exit at junction 24 (Helen Street), signposted for Govan. Head downhill and over the lights to a roundabout, as if heading to the Clyde Tunnel. Turn left at the roundabout then right at the lights into a residential area, Craigton Road (signposted to "Elderpark Workspace"). Luss Road is the 3rd on the left (or 4th depending on what you count). 


If coming by car from the North via the Clyde Tunnel, as you exit the tunnel prepare to take the first left just at the tunnel's end. Be careful - it comes on you very quickly and it's easy to overshoot. This brings you out onto Govan Road with a very large roundabout. Turn right at this, onto Drive Road, passing a Elder Park on your left. At the end of Drive road, keep the park on your left by turning left onto Langlands Road. Take the 3rd right, just before you lose the park, onto Arklett Road, then 2nd right is Luss Road.


Avoid the M8 approaches if you can when there's a football match on at Ibrox. There may also be parking congestion at such times. Taxi drivers from outwith this area do not know it well. Tell them that you want Luss Road which is off Craigton Road, and to take the Helen Street exit if coming from the M8.




Alastair McIntosh's Itinerary of Main Events

This table shows roughly which dates I'm booked up for. It also shows what sorts of events I take on (and doubles as a diary back-up). For an overview of my typical speaking topics click here. Gaps in the timetable do not necessarily signify availability, especially over weekends. Dates marked for delivery of Thought for the Day mean that I have to be near a BBC studio early that morning and have time on the previous day for preparation - though these dates can sometimes be swapped with another presenter. Information shown here on public events may be subject to change, so please check if you're thinking of turning up. For information on booking me for events please click here. Events marked "s.t.c." are "subject to consent/confirmation". 

2016 (last year)

This Year - 2017+



  1. Presentation/discussion with West of Scotland Area Meeting of the Quakers, Glasgow, on my Ireland  Yearly Meeting lecture,1400 Sat 16 Jan 2016.

  2. GalGael Trust board meeting 5pm 3 Feb, Govan.

  3. Lecture series on spiritual activism, climate change & liberation theology, Wed 3 - Thu 11 Feb, University Congregation United Church of Christ, Seattle, USA. Open to other events in immediate area while there. Many other events including Trident submarines at Ground Zero, and Earth Ministries.

  4. GalGael Trust Board planning day 22 Feb.

  5. Keynote speaker on Climate Change, Land Reform and Community Empowerment at Greener Kirkcaldy's Powering Up Communities event, Kirkcaldy, morning Sat 27 Feb.

  6. Leading group from Govan to Iona, weekend exploring spirituality, Fri 11 - Sun 13 March.

  7. Speaking at Re:Soundings & An Lanntair workshop and performance, From Shells to Bells at Ness Heritage Centre & St Moluag's Chapel, Isle of Lewis, Sat 19 Mar. On the island possibly 18 - 22 March.

  8. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish,Thu 7 Apr.

  9. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish,Tue 3 May.

  10. GalGael board meeting 1700 4 May

  11. Meetings on Isle of Lewis 9 - 12 May, launch of Re-Soundings exhibition at An Lanntair with catalogue contribution on bells and artillery shells, 1700 Thu 12th, time s.t.c.

  12. In Ireland, 13 - 21 May, marking 20 years of meeting Verene there. Probably not on email. If urgent, text.

  13. Speaking 26 - 28 May at How-the-light-gets-in Festival, Hay-on-Wye. Thu 26th 1900, panel on The Weird and the Wonderful; Saturday 28th, 0900, Philosophy Breakfast and at 1400, talk on Rethinking Spirituality based on recent book, Spiritual Activism.

  14. Speaking at Climate Change & Ancestral Time conference, Edinburgh University, Wed 8 - Fri 10 June.

  15. With Verene, a sharing with the Bert Community, Glasgow, about spiritual resources that sustain us, 8pm, Mon 13 June, private event.

  16. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Wed 15 Jun.

  17. Speaking at Solas Festival, Perthshire, 17 - 19 June with Radio Scotland Sunday morning tie-in. Talks on What is Land Reform For? (with Andy Wightman MSP) and Just War Theory, or Full-on Nonviolence? (with Rev Doug Gay). Celebration event for new book Poacher's Pilgrimage: an Island Journey.

  18. Giving TEDx talk in salon on Compassion & Courage, University of Edinburgh at the Royal Society of Edinburgh,1800, Tue 28 June - [sold out].

  19. Book launch of Poacher's Pilgrimage in opening plenary of the annual conference of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies (theme: Literature and Religion in Scotland),  University of Glasgow,1 July.

  20. Guest lecture on Nonviolence in "The Realities of Conflict" stage of the Advanced Command & Staff Course, UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham, Oxfordshire, 14th to Fri 15 July.

  21. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Fri 29 Jul.

  22. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Thu 4 Aug.

  23. Claverhouse Conversation on Poacher's Pilgrimage, eve Wed 17 Aug (private event).

  24. Speaking at Edinburgh International Book Festival on Poacher's Pilgrimage: an Island Journey, 1030 Thu 18 Aug, Studio Theatre [sold out, but see event below].

  25. Speaking at the Edinburgh Book Fringe, WordPower Books, on Poacher's Pilgrimage, Chilcot & the Neoconservative Corruption of Religion, 1300 Sun 21 Aug, details t.b.a.

  26. Speaking Core Solutions' Flagship Mediation summer school, Ayrshire, evening Mon 29 Aug.

  27. With Verene on holiday in France, Thu 31 Aug to Fri 9 Sep.

  28. Keynote speaker at the Wirral Earth Festival, West Kirby, By Liverpool, Fri 9 Sept.

  29. Speaking on Land Reform at the Our Land event, GalGael Trust, 1100 - 1500 Saturday 10 Sept.

  30. Speaking on Contemporary Spirituality at St Agnes' Church, North Reddish, Manchester Mon 12 - Tue 13 Sept, s.t.c.

  31. Possibly filming on Harris/Lewis around 17-21 Sep.

  32. AGM of GalGael Trust, Glasgow, 1800 Thu 22 Sept.

  33. Speaking at the Wigtown Book Festival on Poacher's Pilgrimage, Fri 23 Sept, 6 pm, chaired by Polly Pullar.

  34. Leading a week on The Pilgrimage of Life at Iona Abbey & Macleod Centre of the Iona Community, Sat 24th - Fri 30th Sept. Programme info here. Assisted by folk musician Mairi Campbell (Virtually fully booked).

  35. Sunday 25th Sept, preaching morning service sermon jointly with folk musician Mairi Campbell, 1030, Iona Abbey, all welcome.

  36. The Poaching of the Bells - a discussion with Mhairi Killin of Iona about her Re-Soundings bells project and its links to Poacher's Pilgrimage, Iona Village Library, Mon 26 Sept, 1900.

  37. My son Adam's and Roberta's wedding, Kinghorn, Sat 1st - Sun 2nd Oct.

  38. Seminar (by Skype) with Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design,  Stockholm, on Poetic Activism: Strategies for Change, 1345-1425 Tue 11 Oct.

  39. Speaking on Authentic Leadership to environmental managers at Audencia School of Management, Nantes, France, Thu 20 to Fri 21 Oct.

  40. Speaking at An Dà Shealladh / The Second Sight, fundraiser for Bella Caledonia, Glad Cafe, Glasgow, Sun 23 Oct, 1930.

  41. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Thu 27 Oct.

  42. Leading day seminar on The Land with ministry candidates, United Reformed Church Scottish College, Edinburgh, 2 Nov.

  43. GalGael Trust board away day, Mon 7 Nov.

  44. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Tue 15 Nov.

  45. Iona Community Board, 1100 Thu 17 Nov, and other Edinburgh meetings 16-17 Nov.

  46. Teaching a course on Religious Intelligence at École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr (French Military Academy), Brittany, France, 20-25 Nov. (All my military teaching is predicated on nonviolence).

  47. Hosting visit of David Strang, Chief Inspector of Scottish Prisons, at the GalGael Trust, Wed 30 Nov, 1400.

  48. Introducing conversation on future of the church in Scotland, private event, Edinburgh, Fri 9 Dec 1800.

  49. In discussion with John Sturrock QC on Poacher's Pilgrimage at a Claverhouse Conversations breakfast, Liberton Northfield Parish Church, Edinburgh, Sat 10 Dec, 0900 - 1100, all welcome but please book.

  50. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Tue 13 Dec.


  1. Special guest to comment on the climate change film, The Island President, Andulus, 211 New City Rd, Glasgow, 1830 - 2030, Fri 13 Jan 2017.

  2. GalGael Trust board meeting Mon 16 Jan, 1700.

  3. A sharing with staff of Renfrewshire Council on their Paisley City of Culture bid, morning Tue 17 Jan.

  4. Short talk with artists at John Muir event, I Only Went Out For A Walk, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Pearce Institute, Glasgow, 6.30 pm, Mon 23 Jan.

  5. In conversation with Bernadette McAliskey on Climate Change, Nonviolence and a Spirituality for Our Times in Bloody Sunday Week, 1930, Thu 26 Jan, City Hotel, Derry/Londonderry.

  6. Giving seminar probably at Queens University Belfast, Fri 27 Jan, details t.b.c.

  7. Delivering the Immortal Memory to Robert Burns at Peace & Justice Centre ceilidh, King's Hall, Edinburgh, Sat 28 Jan.

  8. St Bride's Day lecture at Glasgow University on Poetic Activism: Invoking God, War and the Faeries, part of a seminar series on Ecotheologies and the Arts of the Literature, Theology, Arts Network, lunchtime, Wed 1 Feb, 1245 - 1415, Upper Seminar Room, 4 The Square.

  9. Lecture to Senior Command & Staff Course, Irish Defence Forces Military College, Curragh, Co. Kildare, on The Nonviolent Challenge to Conflict, 2nd  - Fri 3rd Feb.

  10. Keynote talk,Turn Back the Streams of War, at the Afri Justice & Peace Conference of the Féile Bríde Festival, Kildare, Ireland, Sat 4 Feb, 1145.

  11. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Thu 9 Feb and preparation previous day.

  12. Skype talk with the townsfolk of Culemborg, Netherlands, on Bardic Tradition in the Poetry of Sorley Maclean, 1900, Mon 13 Feb.

  13. Speaking on Poacher's Pilgrimage at Pitlochry Winter Words book festival, 1130, Thu 16 Feb.

  14. Speaking at conference, Exploring the Renaissance of Pilgrimage in Scotland, on "Encountering the Atom of Delight" (an examination of empirical spiritual experience) - Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland, Edinburgh,  Sat 4 March.

  15. Talk on The Spiritual Journey in Poacher's Pilgrimage, EICSP, Augustine Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, 1900 Thu 9 Mar.

  16. Leading GalGael group from Govan to Isle of Iona, Iona Hostel, Fri 10 - Sun 12 March, exploration of "spirituality".

  17. A sharing with Enedina Andrande and team of the Bela Vista agrarian reform settlement, Brazil with the GalGael Trust. A Brazilian agricultural magazine interview with me in Portuguese to aid discussion is available here (English translation at the end), morning of Mon 13 March.

  18. Speaking on Poacher's Pilgrimage at Aye Write! book festival, Glasgow, 1800, Fri 17 Mar.

  19. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Fri 24 Mar and preparation previous day.

  20. Talk for the Kirkcaldy Food Bank A Poetry Toolbox for Local Activism, Fri 7 Apr, 1930, St Marie's RC Church, Kirkcaldy.

  21. Plenary address and workshop at annual conference of Eco-Congregation Scotland on Poacher's Pilgrimage, Glasgow, Sat 22 Apr, details t.b.a..

  22. Keynote annual meeting address of the Scottish Unitarian Association, St Mark's, Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, 1300 Sat 13 May. 

  23. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Wed 17 May and preparation previous day.

  24. AHRC Ancestral Time conference, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, Thu 18 - Sat 20 May, t.b.c..

  25. A celebration for readers at our house - Poacher's Pilgrimage: an evening "As We Get It" with Alastair McIntosh - 1900 Sat 20 May, free tickets and details, Eventbrite here.

  26. Sharing about community empowerment and land reform with students and faculty from Hope College, Michigan, studying Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland and Scotland, evening Sun 21 May, Glasgow.

  27. Lecture to Human Relations Scotland, Cultural Psychotherapy: a Depth Approach to Activism in Our Times, Sat 27 May, 4th Floor, 142 W. Nile St, Glasgow, details t.b.a..

  28. TEDx talk on Spiritual Activism: Donald Trump and the Second Sight at the Findhorn Foundation, evening Fri 2 June (travelling 1 June), details t.b.a.

  29. Leading a week on Spiritual Activism: Leadership as Service, at the Findhorn Foundation, Thu 3 - Fri 9 June, bookings here.

  30. Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust 20th anniversary celebrations of community land reform. Sharing about the early days of Eigg's land reform (with Lesley Riddoch), evening Tue 13 June. Maggie Fyffe speaking following evening - all s.t.c.. (On Eigg with Verene 10 - 15 June).

  31. Speaking on Some Contributions of Geopoetics to Modern Scottish Land Reform Consciousness, conference Expressing the Earth of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics and University of the Highlands and Islands, Seil Island Hall, 1500 Fri 23 June.

  32. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Thu 29 Jun and preparation previous day.

  33. Talk at banquet in EarthTalks series, A Journey into the Ecology of the Imagination, at the Advaya Initiative, venue: 42 Acres, Shoreditch, London, evening of Wed 12 July. Tickets and details.

  34. Guest lecture on A Nonviolent Challenge to Conflict in "The Realities of Conflict" stage of the Advanced Command & Staff Course, UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham, Oxfordshire, Thu 13th to Fri 14 July. (Nb. I can consider other events while in the area).

  35. Edinburgh Festival Fringe in conversation with Jane Fowler, Poacher's Pilgrimage: an Island Journey, looking at how themes from the book tie in with current affairs, Wed 9 Aug, 1630, St Andrew's & St George's West, Edinburgh.

  36. Leading the first 3 days of a tour to the Isle of Lewis and Harris by the New York Open Centre, Lews Castle, Stornoway, 21 - 23 Aug. Island tour 21st, Retreat/reflection 22nd, opening conference address - Poacher's Pilgrimage: an Island Journey 23rd.

  37. Speaking at the Calanais/Callanish Visitor Centre, Isle of Lewis, Thu 24 Aug, s.t.c.

  38. Keynote address on The Role of Deep Imagination in Community Empowerment in conference of the North Atlantic Forum, Traditions and Transformations in the Sustainability of Rural Communities, Bo, Telemark, Norway, Mon 11 - Sat 15 Sept.

  39. Sharing with Mull & Iona Quakers, Craignuire, Mull, late morning Sat 23 Sept, s.t.c..

  40. Discussion of Hebridean rocket range, Iona Library, Mon 25 Sept with Mhairi Killin, evening, s.t.c..

  41. Leading full week at Iona Abbey on The Pilgrimage of Life, Sat 23 - Fri 29 Sept. FULL - but see below for additional Iona week and weekend at the Glenthorne Centre.

  42. Address to Assemblé Annuelle of the French Quakers, Carcassonne, France, 21 - 23 Oct, but away from 16 - 26 Oct.

  43. Subject to confirmation, leading a week retreat, Cycles of Grace: Exploring the Ten Beatitudes, at the St Columba Hotel, Isle of Iona, in conjunction with the Abbey & Iona Community, 4 - 10 November, watch this space.

  44. Leading weekend retreat, The Pilgrimage of Life, Glenthorne Quaker Centre, Lake District, Fri 24 to Sun 26 Nov 2017. For outline, see here.




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