About Distant Voices
Together we write and record songs that express and challenge the ways we think and feel about crime, punishment and reintegration. From academic conferences around the world, to radio play and music festivals, these songs have become a means to support change, and open up dialogue.
People who have joined forces in Vox Sessions include:
- People in prison
- People who have served community sentences
- Prison officers and governors
- Social workers and probation officers
- Victims of crime
- Families affected by imprisonment
- Academics and students
‘Distant Voices: Coming Home’
The most recent chapter of Distant Voices is concerned with the issues people face when they come out of prison, or complete a community sentence. From the practical difficulties of getting a job and finding (or maintaining) somewhere to live, to the challenges of stigma and prejudice, and of re-joining a family and rebuilding a life, the road home has many obstacles along the way.
What does reintegration look like?
How are we all involved, for better or worse?
What role can music and art play, both in supporting individuals and in shaping wider public conversations on these issues?
Creative Practice as Research
Our approach to writing and sharing songs has now evolved to incorporate a collaborative action research project. Distant Voices is now funded by the Economic and Social Research ouncil and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (under grant reference ES/P002536/1), along with Creative Scotland, and the Scottish Prison Service. It brings together academics from the University of Glasgow, University of West of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh, alongside a wider team of co-researchers with many different kinds of expertise on reintegration – whether academic, personal or professional.