Distant Voices: Coming Home

Lead Research Organisation: University of Glasgow
Department Name: School of Social & Political Sciences

Abstract

Distant Voices responds to pressing public policy and political challenges created by huge rises in the numbers of people subject to penal sanctions and by high levels of reoffending. Turning conventional understandings of 'offender rehabilitation' on their head, the project is concerned not with 'correcting offenders' but rather with exploring and changing how they are received when 'coming home' after punishment.

The project aims:

(1) to improve academic and public understandings of social re/integration after punishment;
(2) to develop innovative practices to better support re/integration; and
(3) to better engage a range of citizens, communities and civil society institutions in re/integration.

As a collaborative action research project drawing on criminology, popular music, politics and other disciplines, Distant Voices combines creative practices (principally songwriting and sharing), research and knowledge exchange to enable dialogue and learning about re/integration -- and to practice and support it. Its participatory methods draw together a wide range of differently situated citizens, organisations and associations to form a 'community of enquiry' and of creative practice. This range of participants will work across three inter-related activities. (1) In 'co-creative inquiry', participants will work with one another and with professional musicians to write songs that explore, represent and reflect on re/integration. (2) In 'co-creative dialogue' these songs will be shared through the production and release of a high-profile album, a related tour and a series of public events, including two festivals. A series of podcasts will also be produced and shared via an interactive website. (3) In 'co-creative discovery', a core group of the wider community of enquiry will work with the investigators to use collaborative participant observation and to develop and employ a range of other social science and arts-based research methods to explore their learning and to assess what has (and has not) been achieved in and through the project.

Through these activities, Distant Voices aspires to develop theories and concepts of reintegration and rehabilitation, to influence related behaviours, to inform interventions and, more broadly, to encourage the development of a fairer and more vibrant society.

Planned Impact

Distant Voices is a partnership between the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research and Vox Liminis. It has the financial and in-kind support of the Scottish Prison Service and the Glasgow Community Justice Authority, as well as the in-principle support of the Scottish Government's Community Justice Division (see attached letters of support). A related funding proposal is currently being assessed by Creative Scotland. Over the last two years, DV has run two successful pilot phases that inform this ambitious proposal (to hear some of the results, see: https://voxliminis.bandcamp.com/album/distant-voices-silent-seconds-ep). Over its three-year life, the project will offer a model of engaged social science that creatively combines research, knowledge exchange and creative practice development. The co-investigators have extensive relevant experience and capabilities (McNeill was a recipient of an ESRC Award for Outstanding Impact in Public Policy in 2014 for a predecessor project).

In relation to practice impact, DV will enhance understanding of the role and effectiveness of creative practices in criminal justice and generate significant learning about community engagement in re/integration. In policy impact terms, this will have relevance not just in criminal justice but also in other policy areas where integration and inclusion are also key priorities. Perhaps more importantly, the project's academic and artistic outputs and extensive programme of public engagement create the potential for considerable social and cultural impact, influencing public attitudes and informing public debate. To use a meteorological metaphor, rather than developing technologies for managing the adverse conditions that affect re/integration, Distant Voices seeks to find means of changing the climate in which it takes place.

The project's beneficiaries and contributors include people with lived experience of crime, punishment and reintegration (both victims and offenders) and their families; criminal justice policymakers, managers and practitioners (in prisons and in the community); artists; and civil society groups (e.g. local grass-roots community groups, faith communities, businesses, the media). All of these groups will be represented in the community of enquiry we seek to develop and support throughout the project activities. The representative research core group will established in the project's first quarter, participating in the first research workshop in month 3 (and then quarterly). As such they are both contributors to and beneficiaries of the project.

In terms of processes and mechanisms, we aim to secure practice, policy and cultural and social impact through development and exchange of different forms of knowledge and skills, opening up spaces for transformative inter-personal, professional, social and political dialogue. In using music as both a means of and a catalyst for communication, and through building a community of enquiry for collaborative action research, the project will break down disciplinary borders, allowing a richer understanding of public participation in one of the most contested areas of political life. Through these processes, we will increase the motivation of citizens and civil society institutions, and of professionals and organisations to engage with re/integration and build capacities and opportunities for re/integration. We also aim to learn about how creative practice-as-research-as knowledge exchange can inform the 'impact agenda' and conceptions of 'public social science'.

Details of forms of and pathways to impact with (1) individuals and group; (2) systems, institutions and communities; and (3) society are included in the Pathways to Impact document.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Title 30/09/17 Performance at Recovery Walk Scotland 
Description A performance of songs made in sessions with people involved in the criminal justice system. Performed as part of the annual recovery walk in solidarity with those in recovery from addiction. In 2017 it took place in Dundee, and reached an audience of about 300 people 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Reaching new audiences. 
URL http://www.scottishrecoveryconsortium.org/index.php?id=2547
 
Title Alcohol Free Functions Performance (Louis Abbott) 
Description A performance of songs made in sessions with people involved in the criminal justice system. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Raising awareness of the project. 
 
Title Songs co-written with people involved in the criminal justice system 
Description Audio Recordings of more than 50 new songs co-written with people involved in the criminal justice system. Most of these are not publicly available, but two can be listened to on the website of vox liminis: https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/media/halcyon-bay/ https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/media/fuck-it-button/ 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact These songs are the result of songwriting sessions, which are a key activity in which we discuss, represent and experience re/integration principally in and through the creative practice of songwriting. The songs are an important part of the research themselves but also form the basis of future academic and artistic enquiry. The songs reach a wide audience through live performance, recording, and radio play. 
URL https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/media/halcyon-bay/
 
Title We Who Are About To ...Chapter Two 
Description Responding to the theme of homecoming Phil created Chapter One and Mark created Chapter Two (which can be continued ..) . The chapter functions as both research, creative writing and design. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Phil to complete 
URL https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/WeWhoAre_Chapter2Mark2.pdf
 
Title We Who Are About To Chapter One 
Description In response to our first core group meeting in September, our research associate Phil Thomas wrote the first chapter of a speculative science fiction novel, using the events and experiences of that meeting as inspiration. Her chapter reflects on the difficulty of establishing a community, on finding a common language, and on the meaning of home. Responding to the theme of homecoming, she designed the story to be printed out and folded into the shape of an origami house. She also created a number of images by collaging photographs taken during the workshop, with images from the British Library's collection of copyright-free sources. The chapter functions as both research, creative writing and design. You can download and read the chapter and Phil's explanation of the work here: https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/media/we-who-are-about-to/. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact In response to chapter one, another member of the core group of distant voices was inspired to write chapter two of the story. This is not yet publicly available. 
URL https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Thomas_WeWhoAreAboutTo_ChapterOne.pdf
 
Description Our research model deliberately blurs the boundaries between creative practice, research and knowledge exchange. As a result, the practice of our research (and not just its findings) is already having significant impacts on the individuals, groups, institutions, communities and systems involved. However, as we are continuing to collect and analyse data about these impacts, we do not wish to further substantiate these claims at this stage in the project (March 2019).
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Education,Government, Democracy and Justice,Other
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Joined the Community Empowerment Advisory Group, Audit Scotland
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Joined the Research Advisory Group of the Local Governance Review co-led by the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authority Areas (2018-2019)
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Scholarship
Amount £59,358 (GBP)
Organisation University of Glasgow 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 10/2020
 
Description Scottish Prison Service - Distant Voices
Amount £25,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 01545 
Organisation Government of Scotland 
Department Scottish Prison Service
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 03/2018
 
Description Promotion of Gigs - Newspaper 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact 02/03/18 THE LIST: Hidden Door Preview- Article
17/04/18 THE LIST:DV NKATA- Article
04/05/18 The Skinny- Article
06/05/18 Sunday Herald- Article
06/05/18 The National- Mention
13/05/18 Sunday Post- Article
23/05/18 The National- Article
15/08/18 The Scotsman- Article
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Website feature on Chapter 2 of 'we who are about to' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/projects/distant-voices/media/?media=1465

Published: 23.07.18
Audience: 20 Views
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/projects/distant-voices/media/?media=1465
 
Description 'Heroes' Video - You Tube 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 11/02/19 'HEROES' video YouTube- 754 Views , 19 Likes https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/projects/distant-voices/media/?media=1790
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/projects/distant-voices/media/?media=1790
 
Description 'Introducing Heroes' Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 11 Feb 2019 Introducing Heroes Blog was available to the public
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/projects/distant-voices/features/?f=introducing-heroes
 
Description 11th North South Irish Criminology Conference, University College Dublin 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The overarching theme of the conference is New Frontiers in Criminology. Reflecting this theme, papers on cutting-edge research in the field of criminology and criminal justice, particularly papers that report on methodological innovations, shed new light on the experiences of under-researched groups, or explore issues related to crime and criminal justice at the periphery.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://app.researchfish.com/portfolio/0/dissemination-to-non-academic-audiences?action=add&zone=por...
 
Description Album City Tour of Not known at this address 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The city tour had an attendance rate of 965
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/projects/distant-voices/media/?media
 
Description Alison Urie Presentation at North Lanarkshire Criminal Justice Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Co-investigator Alison Urie gave a presentation to delegates of the North Lanarkshire Criminal Justice Conference. November 22nd 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Alison Urie presented at the Royal Concert for Creative Scotland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Plans made for future related activities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.creativescotland.com/what-we-do/latest-news/archive/2019/01/over-440000-support-for-cult...
 
Description BBC Radio Scotland - Spot Play 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 27/03/18 Roddy Hart BBC Radio Scotland Show- Spot Play
27/03/18 Roddy Hart BBC Radio Scotland Show -Spot Play
26/03/18 Vic Galloway BBC Radio Scotland Show- Spot Play
24/04/18 Roddy Hart BBC Radio Scotland Show- Spot Play
15/05/18 Roddy Hart BBC Radio Scotland Show- Spot Play
21/05/18 Vic Galloway BBC Radio Scotland Show- Mention
29/05/18 Roddy Hart BBC Radio Scotland Show- Spot Play
27/06/18 Roddy Hart BBC Radio Scotland Show- Spot Play
22/05/18 Roddy Hart BBC Radio Scotland Show- Record of the Month Feature
23/05/18 Grant Stott Afternoon Show BBC Radio Scotland - Feature
25/12/18 Roddy Hart BBC Radio Scotland Show- Spot Play/ 1 of 'Best Records of 2018'
15/01/19 Roddy Hart BBC Radio Scotland Show- Spot Play (Fiskur in Conversation)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BBC Radio Scotland Show - Spot Play 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact 27/03/18 Roddy Hart BBC Radio Scotland Show- Spot Play
27/03/18 Roddy Hart BBC Radio Scotland Show -Spot Play
26/03/18 Vic Galloway BBC Radio Scotland Show- Spot Play
24/04/18 Roddy Hart BBC Radio Scotland Show- Spot Play
15/05/18 Roddy Hart BBC Radio Scotland Show- Spot Play
21/05/18 Vic Galloway BBC Radio Scotland Show- Mention
29/05/18 Roddy Hart BBC Radio Scotland Show- Spot Play
27/06/18 Roddy Hart BBC Radio Scotland Show- Spot Play
22/05/18 Roddy Hart BBC Radio Scotland Show- Record of the Month Feature
23/05/18 Grant Stott Afternoon Show BBC Radio Scotland - Feature
25/12/18 Roddy Hart BBC Radio Scotland Show- Spot Play/ 1 of 'Best Records of 2018'
15/01/19 Roddy Hart BBC Radio Scotland Show- Spot Play (Fiskur in Conversation)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Between Edges and Margins: International Conference on innovative methods in the study of deviance, University of Ghent 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The German Congress on Crime Prevention - GCOCP (in German: Deutscher Präventionstag - DPT) is on the one hand the 1995 founded and meanwhile world's largest annual conference on the topic of crime prevention and related prevention areas. On the other hand the GCOCP forms with its Institute for Applied Prevention Research (GCOCP-i) and other key activities a platform for information, knowledge transfer and an interdisciplinary dialogue between prevention practice, prevention research and prevention policies.key activities a platform for information, knowledge transfer and an interdisciplinary dialogue between prevention practice, prevention research and prevention policies.

Version of paper to be published in 'radical anthropology' (forthcoming)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.praeventionstag.de/nano.cms/daily-prevention-news/details/2775
 
Description Celtic Connection Gig - Not known at this address 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The event was held at the Queen Margaret Union of the University of Glasgow on 31 January 2019 where 300 audience members were in attendance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Celtic Connections Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The talk was held at Waterstones Bookshop in Glasgow where members of the public engaged and requested further information and events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.glasgowconcerthalls.com/news/Pages/Celtic-Connections-2019-Programme-Announced.aspx
 
Description Crosstown Traffic Conference, University of Huddersfield 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Popular Music Theory & Practice - Inspiring tomorrow's professionals.
Hosted by the University of Huddersfield, this event combines the IASPM UK&I Biennial Conference, with the 13th Art of Record Production Conference (ARP), a conference of ISMMS, and feature the additional participation of Dancecult. The theme of the conference is Crosstown Traffic: Popular Music Theory and Practice. This was a joint conference arranged by 4 organisations ie
International Association for the Study of Popular Music UK & Ireland Branch (IASPM UK&I)
Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production (ASARP)
Dancecult: Electronic Dance Music Culture Research Network
International Society for Metal Music Studies (ISMMS)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://crosstowntraffic2018.wordpress.com/
 
Description Delivered workshop on 'Engaged Scholarship: Advancing Community Empowerment and Social Inclusion' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact My workshop was part of a one-day conference organised by Northern Bridge DTC for doctoral researchers in the universities of Durham, Newcastle and Queens Belfast.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Film of live performance of Frank's Song 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Film of live performance of Frank's Song
https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/projects/distant-voices/media/?media=1483
Published: 30.07.18
Audience: 374 Views
YouTube Plays: 737
YouTube Views: 14
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/projects/distant-voices/media/?media=1483
 
Description Film of live performance of Rendezvous with Warpaint 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/projects/distant-voices/media/?media=1767
Published 22.01.2018
Audience: 2 Views
YouTube Views: 175
YouTube Likes:7
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/projects/distant-voices/media/?media=1767
 
Description Glasgow Criminal Justice Social Work Development Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The purpose of the development day was to provide an overview of the revised Community Justice Outcomes Improvement Plan for Glasgow.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Glasgow Riverside Show STV 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact TV feature shown on 30 May 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description HMP Glenochil - Gig 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 11/06/18 HMP Glenochil General Population - Concert [45 attendees]
11/06/18 HMP Glenochil Protected Population- Concert [60 attendees]
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description House Gigs 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We have had the first of two 'house-gigs' hosted by people directly involved in the community of enquiry - bringing songs into intimate engagement with their social networks. These events are studied as processes and sites of dialogue about re/integration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description Institute of Criminology Cambridge - 11th International Conference on Evidence based Policing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Plans made for future related activities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.crim.cam.ac.uk/news-events/conferences/past-conferences/2018/11th-international-conferen...
 
Description Inverness Community Justice Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This event was attended by 25 professional partners
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Koestler Trust Exhibition, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Each year the Koestler Trust holds exhibitions and events across the UK. We do this to showcase the talent and potential of ex-offenders to the public - causing many people to reconsider negative stereotypes. Each exhibition covers the range of Koestler artforms and includes publications and events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.koestlertrust.org.uk/exhibitions/im-still-here/
 
Description NKATA - full album available to stream 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact NKATA - full album available to stream
https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/projects/distant-voices/media/?media=1364
Published: 31.05.18

Audience: 403 Views
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Newspaper promotion of gigs 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 02/03/18 THE LIST: Hidden Door Preview- Article
17/04/18 THE LIST:DV NKATA- Article
04/05/18 The Skinny- Article
06/05/18 Sunday Herald- Article
06/05/18 The National- Mention
13/05/18 Sunday Post- Article
23/05/18 The National- Article
15/08/18 The Scotsman- Article
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Not Known at this Address - Album 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The album has been viewed/heard 1364 times
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/projects/distant-voices/media/?media=1364
 
Description Podcast - An Open Door Deconstructed 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Podcast - An Open Door Deconstructed
https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/projects/distant-voices/media/?media=1358
Published: 25.05.2018
Audience: 130 Views
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/projects/distant-voices/media/?media=1358
 
Description Podcast - Castaway 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Podcast - Castaway
https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/projects/distant-voices/media/?media=1596
Published: 31.10.2018
Audience: 143 Views
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/projects/distant-voices/media/?media=1596
 
Description Podcast - Like Birds Flying Towards the Light 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Podcast - Like Birds Flying Towards the Light
https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/projects/distant-voices/media/?media=1578
Published: 10.04.2018
Audience: 68 Views
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/projects/distant-voices/media/?media=1578
 
Description Podcast - Tagged and Tamed 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/projects/distant-voices/media/?media=1562

Published: 30.08.2018
Audience: 196 Views
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/projects/distant-voices/media/?media=1562
 
Description Pre-workshop Prison Performances 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Before each vox songwriting workshop a couple of the musicians who will be taking part perform a selection of the songs made in previous sessions to staff and prisoners at the host prison. We discuss the project and songs with prisoners and staff, and recruit members for the upcoming session. There have been six performances since the start of the award.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description Presentation at the session 'Conceptualising Community: Reframing Research' at the University of Strathclyde 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The aim of this event was twofold. The first is to explore concepts of community. Given the emphasis on 'community' in policy rhetoric and initiatives, we think that understanding how community as a concept is variously invoked, understood and framed is timely. Who and what, for example, is the community that Government seeks to empower and in which individuals are expected to engage and participate? To what extent do Government's assumptions about community accord with the views and experiences of community members?
The other aim of the event is to consider how this discussion might interface, intersect and inform two of SCCJR's nascent research themes: that of 'Rights, Resistance and Marginalisation' and 'The Praxis of Listening to the Seldom Heard'. Participants discussed the implications of the presentations for these broad themes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation to conference on 'Connecting Communities: Participatory Arts and Social Action Research' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation on Distant Voices to an international conference of academics, practitioners and students interested in participatory arts and social action research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ncrm.ac.uk/documents/CFP.pdf
 
Description Presentation to the Independent Social Research Foundation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact A presentation on Distant Voices at Girton College Cambridge to 10 academic staff of the University of Plymouth, supported by the Independent Social Research Foundation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Promo film of Not Known at This Address Album Launch - Hidden Door Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Promo film of Not Known at This Address Album Launch - Hidden Door Festival

https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/projects/distant-voices/media/?media=1494

Published: 08.07.18
Audience: 209 Views
YouTube Plays: 433
YouTube likes: 2
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/projects/distant-voices/media/?media=1494
 
Description Resonance FM Radio Broadcast - Castaway 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Resonance FM Radio Broadcast - Castaway
Broadcast: 24.01.2019
2 Retweets / 6 Likes Twitter Post
236 people reached Facebook post
https://www.resonancefm.com/programmes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.resonancefm.com/programmes
 
Description STV Interview Scotland Tonight 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Broadcast: 30.01.2019
253 Views YouTube Video
7 Retweets / 14 Likes Twitter Post
1392 people reached Facebook post
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description STV News at HMP Inverness Vox Session 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Broadcast: 15.02.2019
6 Retweets/ 10 Likes Twitter Post
569 people reached Facebook Post
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Showcase of Distant Voices work to the Peer-learning Exchange on Collaborative Action Research between Jam & Justice (Greater Manchester) and What Works Scotland 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Distant Voices was the focus of an 'onstage live interview' of Alison Urie by Oliver Escobar, followed by attendance by participants to the Edinburgh launch of the DV Album Not Known At This Address. This was part of a peer-exchange opportunity, organised by What Works Scotland and the Jam and Justice Action Research Co-operative (ARC) based in Greater Manchester. It offered a range of facilitated peer exchange and learning activities focused on shared interests and approaches to collaborative action research, with a focus on empowerment and social inclusion. This has led to ongoing collaboration between researchers in the 3 projects (all ESRC funded and with a focus on action research).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/events/peer-learning-opportunity-between-what-works-scotland-and-jam-...
 
Description Solas Festival 2017 Performance and Discussion during Live on Sunday Morning with Ricky Ross 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Fergus McNeill and Padraig O'Tauma engaged in conversation on Distant Voices. Louis Abbott then performed Prodigal's Return - a song written at Solas Festival in response to a song written in a Vox Session in HMP Low Moss a couple of years ago.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.solasfestival.co.uk/line-up/day-by-day/
 
Description Songwriters Circle Dundee gig - Concert 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Concert took place on 17 June 2018 in which a collaboration of songwriters performed their songs at the event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Stories: A Rendezvous with Adrian (Louis Abbott) - feature on collaboration behind a song on our first album 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In the lead up to the release of the first Distant Voices album in May 2018, we will publish a series of stories on the vox liminis website behind some of the songs. Here, Distant Voices Creative Lead Louis Abbott introduces 'Rendezvous with Warpaint' and tells us a bit about the process of tracking down and seeking advice from its co-writer, Adrian.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/stories-a-rendezvous-with-adrian/
 
Description Vox Pops 1, 2 & 3 Videos - Songs 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact + Vox Pops 1 - Video: Emma Pollock on 'I Won't Follow Him to the Grave'
https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/projects/distant-voices/media/?media=1344
Published: 10.05.18
Audience: 35 Views
YouTube Plays: 68
YouTube Likes: 1

+ Vox Pops 2 - Video: Kris Drever on 'The Man I Used to Be'
https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/projects/distant-voices/media/?media=1462
Published: 20.06.18
Audience: 40 Views
YouTube Plays: 140
YouTube Likes: 5

+ Vox Pops 3 - Video: Rachel Sermanni on Frank's Song
https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/projects/distant-voices/media/?media=1486
Published: 30.07.18
Audience: 14 Views
YouTube Plays: 232
YouTube Likes: 3
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/projects/distant-voices/media
 
Description Waking Up to Life After Punishment 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This activity included a keynote address (titled as above) by Fergus McNeill and a performance and discussion of songs created in the Distant Voices project (featuring Donna Maciocia and Alison Urie). The activity was part of an international conference organised by the Howard League for Penal Reform, entitled "Redesigning Justice: Promoting civil rights, trust and fairness", which took place at Keble College Oxford on 21-22 March 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://howardleague.org/events/redesigning-justice-promoting-civil-rights-trust-and-fairness/
 
Description Website feature announcing the first Distant Voices Album: Not Known at This Address 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Announcement of the creation and release of our first album of songs created from Distant Voices vox songwriting sessions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/distant-voices-the-debut-album/
 
Description Website feature introducing the core group of distant voices 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We wrote a brief web post introducing the core research group of distant voices aimed at the general public. The core group is a diverse group of people brought together to explore coming home (or making a home) after imprisonment or a community sentence. This 'core group' includes people who have served sentences, social workers, people with experience of the imprisonment of a family member, prison personnel, third-sector workers, musicians, artists, and academics from different disciplines. Although members of the group often cross paths in other personal and professional capacities, we meet quarterly for dedicated research time. Together we think through what we're learning from making and sharing songs in diverse ways, with lots of different people and in many different settings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/projects/distant-voices/features/?f=introducing-the-distant-voices-core...
 
Description Website feature on House Gigs 'When Punishment Comes Home' (20/11/17) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Website feature on House Gigs 'When Punishment Comes Home' (20/11/17)
Published: 15.08.18
Audience: 33 Views
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Website feature on research behind chapter one of We Who Are About To... (Phil Thomas) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Our research associate Phil Thomas wrote a post for the Vox Liminis website about We Who Are About To...: a piece of science fiction she developed as a creative research response to the first research workshop of the 'core group' of Distant Voices. In it she introduces her working methods and the concept of 'translation' as a way of thinking about bringing diverse materials and experiences together into one form. The task of writing chapter two was taken up by another member of the core group. Chapter one is available to read online at https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Thomas_WeWhoAreAboutTo_ChapterOne.pdf.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/media/we-who-are-about-to/