Distant Voices in 2015

flyer-a5-cmyk-jpegThroughout 2015 Distant Voices created spaces for musicians to support songwriting involving prisoners and others within or affected by the criminal justice system. Developing on from our work in 2014, we explored increasingly collaborative ways to share our knowledge through songwriting, making small creative communities with prisoners, former prisoners, staff, family members, academics and members of the public.

Distant Voices Festival in Glasgow’s CCA in November 2015 brought together the chance to see these songs performed live, to hear from some of our country’s best known crime writers, to view and discuss a documentary about how people move on from crime and punishment, and even write songs in response.

Public Events:

Christopher Brookmyre photographed by Charlie Hopkinson © 2006.

  • Writing Wrongs  

    Christopher Brookmyre, Helen Fitzgerald, Martin Cathcart Froden and Denise Mina shared readings, and engaged in conversation with Professor Fergus McNeill on crime, punishment and Scottish culture.

  • The Vox Sessions – Public 

    Working with Louis Abbot (Admiral Fallow) and Kim Edgar, 8 individuals had the chance to take part in a facilitated songwriting process.

  • The Road from Crime 

    What can we learn from former prisoners who have successfully “desisted” from criminal behaviour or “gone straight?” This documentary film was followed by a Q&A with those involved in its making.
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  • Distant Voices: In Song 

    An evening with some of Scotland’s best songwriters, sharing what has been created when they have worked with prisoners and others involved in the criminal justice system – gig and EP launch


A 5 track studio EP was released from this work, which can be streamed and purchased from Vox Liminis’ Bandcamp.

For some background to Distant Voices click here , and have a read here to see what 2014’s work involved.