Distant Voices is a new festival, exploring crime and punishment through music, writing and film.
Over the last eighteen months, Vox Liminis has created spaces for musicians to support song writing involving prisoners and others within or affected by the criminal justice system. Distant Voices will bring 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 to write your own songs in response.
In a system often reduced to black and white positions and roles, Distant Voices explores what happens when we share human stories, ideas and emotions.
* Writing Wrongs // Thursday 5th November 19.30, CCA ::
Christopher Brookmyre, Louise Welsh and Denise Mina share readings, and engage in conversation with Professor Fergus McNeill
Write your own songs as part of Distant Voices festival. Working with Louis Abbot (Admiral Fallow) and Kim Edgar, 8 individuals will have the chance to take part in a facilitated songwriting process
* The Road from Crime // Monday 9th November 15.00, CCA ::
What can we learn from former prisoners who have successfully “desisted” from criminal behaviour or “gone straight?” This documentary film will be followed by a Q&A with those involved in its making
* Distant Voices: In Song // Monday 9th November 19.30, CCA ::
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
Event times and prices vary, see related listings. Free to all unwaged, families of prisoners and former prisoners, and Vox Unbound community.