I’m Michael Riordon, a Canadian writer and documentary-maker.
Our Way to Fight: peace-work under siege in Israel-Palestine is my fifth book. It emerges from four years of intensive research, two journeys, and encounters with more than sixty grassroots peace and human rights activists in Palestine and Israel.
For almost four decades I’ve generated books and articles, audio, video and film documentaries, and plays for radio and stage.
A primary goal of my work is to recover voices of people who have been silenced in the mainstream, including First Nations (aboriginal) youth, Mozambican farmers, inmates in Canadian prisons, traditional healers in Fiji, queer folk across Canada, Guatemalan labour activists, and now, peace-workers in Israel-Palestine.
Each of these voices adds an essential piece to the evolving human story, our collective work-in-progress. Together they challenge the noisy monotone of the official version, and honour the chaotic diversity of life.
My previous book, An Unauthorized Biography of the World, explores similar recovery projects in several countries, including Israel and Palestine.
I also lead courses, workshops and seminars for community organizations, trade unions, schools, colleges and universities.
I live with my partner in rural Canada.