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  • Writer's pictureSTEVE COOKE AATA


I once asked some people, young and older, unknown and well-known to say what Peace meant to them.

This had its origins in the poem Love Is… by Adrian Henri, the founder of poetry-rock group the Liverpool Scene and one of three poets in the best-selling anthology The Mersey Sound, along with Brian Patten and Roger McGough. I remembered Adrian reciting it at a festival in Rochdale Town Hall Square in the early 1970’s.

Much more recently Grayson Perry in his Art Club on Channel 4 said ‘Home is…how safe we feel, how secure, how loved. Home has become where we play out ourselves.’

I wondered if members of our creative community would like to give their interpretation of Home Is….

If words and or images were emailed to me I could collate and put up on here.

Peace is:

When everyone lives in harmony with each other without violence – Mary Anne, 14

A smile, laughter and a hug – Harrison, 15

When you can feel safe and do little things like play in the park without feeling threatened – Beth, 15

Having a hug from my mum – Jack, 9

Children playing in the street – Fleur, 10

When you feel secure and comfortable with yourself and others – Jamie, 14

People getting along and working collaboratively – Shannon, 14

Birds singing and children laughing – Ella, 10

Two enemies shaking hands – Nathan, 10

A happy song that you hum all day long – Ibi, 10

A playground full of happy, safe children – Kiran, 10

A smile on everyone’s face – Anam, 10

No fear – Lord Michael Bates, House of Lords

Feeling safe – Jonathon Edwards, Olympic Gold Medal Winner

Making tomorrow better – David Wardrop, UN Association, Westminster

A sunset, the sound of waves, knowing the people I love are safe and well – Julie Hesmondhalgh, Actress

Being content with what you have achieved in life – Sue Smith, England International Footballer, Sky Pundit

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