Alistair Little is a former loyalist political prisoner, from a Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) background. He was imprisoned at the age of 17 and served thirteen and a half years in prison. Upon his release he qualified as a councillor and has become an experienced reconciliation worker in Northern Ireland, Ireland, the Balkans, the Middle East, and South Africa.
For the last 10 years a key focus of his work has been the facilitation of in depth sharing of personal histories/storytelling between diverse participants, a process that is now run under the title of “Journey through Conflict”, a local adaptation and deepening of the Healing of Memories process developed by Fr. Michael Lapsley in South Africa. He is the co-founder of the wilderness-based peace work that led to the Sustainable Peace Network (SPN) and he is a co-facilitator on a wide range of SPN events. Since May 2009 he is a Sustainable Relations Fieldworker within the Irish Peace Centres Consortium (including the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, Corrymeela, Donegal Peace Centre and Co-operation Ireland).
He has given presentations at numerous international conferences on conflict and reconciliation themes, including two previous INCORE Summer Schools. He has participated in many local and international TV programs, most recently “Moving beyond hatred” for NHK, Japan. Part of his journey from political violence to reconciliation worker is the subject of an award winning BBC film “Five Minutes in Heaven”, starring Liam Neeson and Jimmy Nesbitt, screened internationally since January 2009. His autobiography “Give a Boy a Gun: From Killing to Peacebuilding” (London: Darton, Longman & Todd) was published in 2009.