Dove Tales peace charity was formed in Scotland in 2017 as a response to the growing instability of a world where established institutions were being riven apart, where politicians were using their people as pawns in a game of self aggrandisement, and where the gap between rich and poor was greater than it has ever been.
We are honoured to launch their anthology A Kind of Stupidity, which brings together the voices of poets, storytellers and non-fiction writers and ranges from the recorded past to the imagined future, from Northern Ireland to Palestine to the Yemen. It interrogates history and by questioning, challenging and bearing witness to war, it tries to play a small part in reshaping it.
Dove Tales aims to use the power of art to question the militarisation of our culture and to oppose the devastation caused by the arms trade. The world spends $1690 billion on military activities in a year and only $28 billion on humanitarian aid. We think that’s the wrong way round. Through events, campaigns and works of art, Dove Tales will be questioning the militaristic culture of our society and the prioritisation of profit over people.
As Jim Aitken, one of the poets featured in these pages, says, ‘Our art has simply got to challenge what is going on or we fail to address what truly matters.’ Dove Tales gathers artists and people who enjoy the arts, and through works like this anthology hope to remind people of what truly matters – life and love.
This event will be chaired by editor Jean Rafferty and we’ll be announcing speakers soon!