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Canadian writer and documentary-maker Michael Riordon writes/directs/produces books and articles, audio, video and film documentaries, plays for radio and stage.
A primary goal of his work is to recover voices and stories of people who have been silenced or marginalized, written out of the official version: First Nations (aboriginal) youth, Mozambican farmers, inmates in Canadian prisons, traditional healers in Fiji, queer folk across Canada, Guatemalan labour activists. His fourth book, An Unauthorized Biography of the World, explores similar recovery projects in several countries.
His latest book, Our Way to Fight, explores the lives, actions and risks of grassroots peace and human rights activists in Israel-Palestine. It is published by Pluto Press (international edition), Between the Lines (Canadian edition) and Lawrence Hill Books/Chicago Review Press (US edition).
Michael Riordon also leads courses, workshops and seminars for community organizations, trade unions, schools, colleges and universities. Topics include practical uses of oral history, finding/creating spaces for marginalized voices to be heard, and accessible techniques for producing audio/podcast documentaries.
Michael Riordon has been interviewed on a variety of radio and TV programs, including Morningside and The Current.
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