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Alister's background is in project development. He is trained in counselling and personal development. He has an MA Hons degree in English Literature from the University of Glasgow, and was the University's Alastair Buchan Poetry Prize Winner in 1987.
He has worked in a number of different sectors, some of which include social housing, justice, addiction, community and teaching. He works with organisations, groups, and individuals helping them to negotiate and manage effective change. He helps people to come up with strategies to promote development.
He has been writing for many years, and is a published poet. He also writes short stories, blogs and occasional articles about Aikido philosophy and practice. He is a Fourth Dan Aikido teacher and runs a dojo in Bristol.
He is very interested in Japanese culture and has visited the country a few times, and shares their love of nature. One of his favourite pastimes is to go rambling with his wife in the UK countryside, especially the South West coastal area.
Alister comes from the Western Islands of Scotland, a beautiful and wild environment. He likes to travel, and frequently goes to Europe to attend Aikido Seminars.
His writing is a reflection of his interests, which include eastern and European philosophy and literature, travel, poetry, cooking, society and justice, spirituality, reading, and film and theatre - to mention only a few
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on June 04, 2012 :
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Tenchi by Alister Gillies. I would recommend it as an easy and informative read to anyone exploring various aspects of mind and body training and self development, or interested in eastern culture, philosophy and its influence in western society. With a great degree of sincerity and humor, the author tells about the ups and downs of his own path and experience in Zen and martial arts training. I've found plenty of valuable material to think about and discovered hints and tips related to internal power in between the lines of this book that I'm sure readers will both enjoy and benefit from.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)