Time, Space and Clarity

Spring always brings an air of optimism – there’s just no avoiding it!  Light was flooding into the building from the conical lantern.  Flowers were being planted in the Square outside.  And we had some fascinating small-scale events on our hands. International Women’s Day in March saw us working with Speakers’ Corner to re-enact the […]


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Time, Space and Clarity.

Spring always brings an air of optimism – there’s just no avoiding it!  Light was flooding into the building from the conical lantern.  Flowers were being planted in the Square outside.  And we had some fascinating small-scale events on our hands. International Women’s Day in March saw us working with Speakers’ Corner to re-enact the […]


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Back at the Ranch.

It’s hard to stop backing a winner.  We’d learned the knack of bridging communities and staging events.  We’d built great friendships and fertile partnerships.  We had a growing sense of our place in the wider city.  But we also had a business to run back in Portland Square! Looking back, I’m amazed at the sheer […]


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Riding the Tiger.

Looking back now, I can see that Bells Unbound opened a new door for us.  We’d climbed over a stile and found a very different view opening up – a prospect of projects and partnerships that would take us far beyond Portland Square. That summer’s Refugee Week was bigger still, and introduced us to Christien […]


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A Wider World.

A chance meeting was how it started – but a meeting that changed so much!  My friend Rich Cookson had been asked by the Bristol Zimbabwe Association if there was somewhere they could gather. Rich had worked with their chair, the exiled journalist Forward Maisokwadzo, and suggested they meet at the Pierian Centre. Rich had […]


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What’s in a Name?

I haven’t told you about our name!  Well, a rose by any other name smells much the same, but names are chosen for a reason and they do affect how the world reacts to us.  So where on earth did “Pierian” come from? The year of Refurb gave me thinking time – but I needed to […]


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Setting Sail – after the opening, then what?

“A ship in a harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for” attributed to William Shedd or Rear Admiral Grace Hopper The Launch was a great success.  It was a huge relief too to complete the year’s journey and share the results with so many friends.  And interesting too to see […]


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The Chrysalis Inside

My Centre wasn’t the only thing embarking on a new life.  As the building slowly took shape inside its chrysalis, I think I was undergoing a renewal and re-ordering too.  The menopause was introducing hormonal change.  But I think there was also a chrysalis inside me that was turning past experience into future capacity – […]


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Inside the Chrysalis

Actually buying 27 Portland Square was a race against time.  There was a deadline for offers to be in by and, if I hadn’t had a crack team around me, I’d have missed it by a mile.  We made it just in time though; my offer was accepted – and by June 21st 2001, Midsummer’s […]


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Inner Strength for the Outer World

Inner Strength for the Outer World.   No more doubts.  No reservations.  I knew where I was going now.  I knew for certain that my Centre was do-able.  There would be hoops and hurdles, hundreds of them – but now I knew it was possible to create a Centre here in the UK.   My […]


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