Denis Stewart Denis’ professional life as academic research scientist, school teacher and educational developer spanned four decades and involved working in all four countries of the UK. A native of Northern Ireland, Denis has enjoyed residing for periods in Scotland and Wales. Now in his ‘post-professional’ phase of life, Denis is based at his home in the townland of Magherabeg, near Dromore, Co Down. He is a former Trustee of Voluntary Arts (now Creative Lives) and is an active member of the Fife-based International Futures Forum. Among the things he loves to do are reading widely, ‘scribbling’ occasionally, walking quietly and being immersed in the marvellous musicality of Leonard Cohen. He is an enthusiast for open, convivial conversation in civic spaces. And, in a world where there is preoccupation with money and measuring over meaning, with impact over affect, Denis is passionate about accentuating the ‘poetical’ in the midst of the ‘mechanical’.