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In September 2021, a group of young people who hear voices (aged 16–25) joined artist Liv Wynter and Voice Collective for a series of online workshops where they made zines exploring how hearing voices intersects with other aspects of their identity.

Click through the interactive bookshelf  to explore the results. We recommend  viewing in full screen mode for the best experience. You can also scroll down to read statements from the contributors. 

The work was supported by a prize awarded to Hearing the Voice by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to explore diverse forms of story-telling. 

 

About the contributors …

Sore

s. sobol is a poet and art historian based in leith. their work focuses on existence while queer, jewish, trans, and mad. it has been rumoured that they speak over ten languages. their work is best experienced either screamed through a megaphone, or whispered quietly over the phone. they have words published in -algia issue #2 and seems of paper hibernating in their desk drawer.

Hannah

Hi! I’m Hannah. I have various mental health diagnoses, none of which specifically relate to voices or other extrasensory experiences. However, I am in treatment for some of the problems caused by my voices, and luckily my psychiatrist validates my experiences even though they don’t fit into a neat diagnostic category. I see my voices as part of me, not an illness, but I recognise that they do contribute to my actual mental illness. I’m super excited to be part of this project!

I’m not too sure what’s going on with my zine, but I am happy with it. It seems to be a product of some instinctive cathartic process that I underwent without realising. Hopefully it can be in some way useful to the world!

 

OTK

I am a 16-year old girl who loves creative writing. My zine is about dealing with negative voices. My aim with this zine is to make young people aware of the impact of hearing negative voices. In addition, I want young people to speak up early about hearing voices to people they can trust and get the necessary support on time.

Bekki

My zine is a collection of reflections and thoughts surrounding the theme of growth. Although abstract hopefully it allows for some relatability with the words chosen.

Through this form of work I have felt an incredible vulnerability, however I hope these words allow space for conversations surrounding the idea of mental health to happen. 

Both privileged and fearful to share. 

Frankie

Frankie Thompson is a queer clown, performance and visual artist from London. Her work explores the relationship between body and space including her ongoing battle with anorexia and its resultant psychological and physical damage to her body and mind. This has included a fraught blurring of what is real and what is delusional, memory problems, heightened adrenaline leading to hallucinations (e.g. hearing voices), night terrors, dissociation and panic attacks. Her zine is a record of the notes taken during, after and before relapses, triggers and episodes. It explores space as a system she is using to unpick her relationship with anorexia, bodily space, mental space, physical space and social space. 

 

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