Disrupters - The New Generation
Join Karyn McCluskey, Chief Executive of Community Justice Scotland with a passion for prevention, and Graeme Armstrong, author of The Times bestseller: The Young Team, in discussion as they explore current social justice issues, their ambitions for the future and how you can help realise this vision.
Graeme Armstrong is a Times bestselling author from Airdrie. His teenage years were spent within Scotland’s ‘young team’ gang culture. After reading English as an undergraduate at the University of Stirling, he undertook a Master’s in Creative Writing. His debut novel, The Young Team, is based on his experiences. It is currently being adapted for the screen by Synchronicity Films. Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award 2021. Winner of the Betty Trask Award 2021
Karyn McCluskey worked in the police for 22 years in Sussex, Lancashire, West Mercia, Strathclyde and Police Scotland. She is now Chief Executive for Community Justice Scotland. She was Director of the Violence Reduction Unit alongside John Carnochan set up in 2003, which proposed a different way of addressing violence in Scotland. They developed injury surveillance, gang intervention and gang exit, and focused on preventing knife carrying and injury.
This event is one of the outreach events run in conjunction with the Second Chancers exhibition which is currently on display in the Art Collection at the University of Stirling. Through 18 individual stories, the exhibition explores individuals experiences of the Community Justice system in Scotland. Second Chancers explores positivity, hope, aspiration and chaos through the lens of people with experience of the justice system.
This event is hosted jointly by the Art Collection at the University of Stirling, Community Justice Scotland and the University of Stirling Faculty of Social Sciences.