Alistair Little

Alistair Little Alistair Little is a former loyalist political prisoner, from an Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)(Protestant) background. Alistair became involved in the conflict in and about Northern Ireland at the age of 14, was imprisoned at the age of 17 and served almost 13 years in prison. Upon his release Alistair qualified as a counsellor and for more than 20 years have been doing peace/reconciliation/conflict transformation work in Northern Ireland, Ireland, the Balkans, the Middle East, and South Africa.

A key focus of Alistair’s work remains the exploration of the human cost of violent conflict, working with former combatants, survivors and members of wider society. This exploration includes the facilitation of in-depth sharing of personal histories/storytelling between diverse participants, in combination with deep dialogue and nature-based activities—a process entitled as Journey through Conflict.

Alistair has given presentations at numerous international conferences on conflict and reconciliation themes and has participated in many local and international TV programs, most recently “Moving Beyond Hatred” for NHK, Japan. Part of this journey from political violence to becoming a conflict transformation practitioner is the subject of an award-winning BBC film “Five Minutes of Heaven,” starring Liam Neeson and Jimmy Nesbitt, screened internationally since January 2009. Alistair’s autobiography “Give a Boy a Gun: From Killing to Peacebuilding” (London: Darton, Longman & Todd) was published in early 2009.

In 2013 Alistair and Wilhelm Verwoerd also published a Journey through Conflict Trail Guide (Trafford).

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For more information contact Alistair on:alistair@beyondwalls.co.uk