July & August
You can see what's coming up across our projects over the next couple of months here...
It's been a busy time for Unbound!
We've just launched 'A Casual Kindness’, a new poetry collection created by members of the Unbound Community with poet and storyteller, Pádraig Ó Tuama.
Pádraig Ó Tuama worked alongside Unbound to develop poems exploring the challenges of coming home after crime and punishment, inspired by learning from the Distant Voices research project. The collection has been published by Tapsalteerie - an award-winning Scottish poetry publishing house based in rural Aberdeenshire. They produce an eclectic range of publications with a focus on new poets, innovative writing, translation and collaborative projects. You can order it here!
The Unbound Community also made their debut performance at Solas Festival 2022! It was amazing to share our original songs and poems with a whole new audience. We look forward to sharing some of the audio with you very soon.
For more insight into our Unbound community, check out this Streetsigns podcast which features lots of voices from our community. If you or someone you know is interested in coming along to Unbound (6.30 – 8pm on Tuesday nights) then please contact email@example.com or call us on 07526 297973.
BRIDGING THE VOID: DISTANT VOICES FESTIVAL
A huge thank you to all who attended or supported the Distant Voices festival. We hope you enjoyed it!
A word from Fergus McNeill (Distant Voices Research Project Lead)
This project has been a labour of love for many of us, and it has been so lovely and so encouraging to share some of it with you all.
Keep an eye on our website. We’ll be posting the remaining episodes of our podcast series 'The Art of Bridging’ over the next few months, as well as publishing a series of Learning Resources next year.
In love and solidarity from the whole Distant Voices community.
Lots of the festival events are available to rewatch now on YouTube. We’ve created a playlist so you can get them all in one place!Watch now
In Tune is currently on hold while visiting restrictions are ongoing across Scottish prisons. Lisa has kept in touch with families who have previously joined us for In Tune who still feel the positive impact it had for them. They were delighted to have been able to take part and have happy memories that helped carry them through (even in a small way) weeks of not being able to see loved ones.
It’s always great to hear what it has meant to the Dads who have taken part. One of the Dads, who took part in both the song writing sessions we ran in HMP Greenock last year, let us know what his daughter thought of his last song: “My daughter hasn’t stopped playing the last one so hopefully this one’s the same. She’ll love it. I know my wee lassie loves having the last song because it's from me, she really gets it, and I really appreciate coming to this and doing it. Thanks for having me here again. It’s just so different and I love what you get us doing. I’d do this every day of the week, every week."
KIN - our community of young people affected by familial imprisonment - have been meeting online to chat, create and provide essential support to each other.
KIN have created a new film called ‘I Come Bearing This’, in partnership with Children of Prisoners Europe (COPE). In 2019 COPE hosted a children and young people’s forum in Krakow, this brought young people with experience of family imprisonment together from across Europe. The findings from this forum were used as a catalyst to create the film which KIN worked on together with founding KIN member and film artist Dylan Moore and film maker Beth Chalmers. WATCH NOW
If you or someone you know might be interested in joining this project, please contact project co-ordinator Rosie on firstname.lastname@example.org, 07903 415 037.