Speaking Volumes is a storytelling project that allows the voices of hidden, stigmatised and marginalised people to be heard.
We are currently working with HIV positive people to enable them to share their experiences of living with the condition.
This is a short clip of some of the stories.
Speaking Volumes is not currently touring, but all the stories can be listened to on this website. Visit the Stories page to hear them.
Friday 19th June 2015
This week, Speaking Volumes has been in Dublin City University again, but this time as part of the ISAACS conference on sexuality and culture. With academics from all over the world, some researching HIV narratives, this is a great chance for the stories to be heard, and for people to engage with the project.
Wednesday 13th May 2015
Speaking Volumes continues to tour Ireland, and is now in Navan library until May 22nd. We also have some interesting new developments in the pipeline, with a potential project recording the stories of asylum seekers and refugees on the horizon, as well as Speaking Volumes becoming a Community Interest Company, which should enable us to apply for more grants and funding.
Monday 13th April 2015
Speaking Volumes starts its tour of Ireland, having been in Dublin City University from 10th March. Moving today to Dundalk Library, Co. Louth, it will then visit Drogheda, Navan, Ashbourne, back to Dublin City Council, and then to Galway Arts Festival! Let’s hope we get some good responses and bring a bit of HIV dialogue to those locations.
Wednesday 18th February 2015
Having been on display in the libraries of Epsom and Woking for the past two months it’s almost time for Speaking Volumes to go international! On the 9th March the exhibition will be sailing across the Irish Sea to Dublin, where it will be on display in the Dublin City University until 10th April. Following this it will tour around the country, bringing education and information about HIV to libraries in Meath, Galway and Louth.
Tuesday 30th September 2014
Speaking Volumes is heading off on tour! From tomorrow, 1st October, our shelf of talking books will be making its way around some East Sussex libraries for the next few months, giving even more people the chance to hear the stories. Beginning in Hastings Library, where it will be on display from the 1st – 31st October, it will then head to Lewes Library from the 1st – 30th November, before launching itself at Eastbourne Library on the 1st December with a World AIDS Day event. Head on down to one of those establishments to see the beautiful books and listen to the stories, two of which came from East Sussex residents.
Tuesday 8th July 2014
We were thrilled to be invited to the Houses of Parliament today to bring the Speaking Volumes shelf of stories to the Halve It! gathering of MPs with an interest in HIV and halving the rate of undiagnosed infections by 2015. We met several MPs and two of the Speaking Volumes participants were present to talk about their experiences of living with HIV to a wide range of MPs and people working in the field. It was an honour to bring the project to the heart of government, despite the effort involved in transporting the rather heavy shelf along the corridors of power!
Saturday 14th June 2014
Today Speaking Volumes Project Director, Alice Booth, along with Kat Stott and Laura Hawkesford swam a mile around the chilly waters of Lake Windermere as part of the Great North Swim to raise money for the Speaking Volumes Project. So far the project has raised £1464 towards the target of £2000, so please help us reach our final goal and donate to the cause.
Tuesday 8th April 2014
The Speaking Volumes Project launched at Brighton’s Jubilee Library on Monday 7th April, and was attended by the Mayor of Brighton & Hove Councillor Denise Cobb and Green Party MP, Caroline Lucas.
Over 65 people attended the event, and they were serenaded by local choir, Brighton Goes Gospel, who opened the launch with a moving rendition of ‘Something Inside So Strong’. Pictures from the launch can be seen in our Gallery.
The article to the left appeared in the Brighton Argus on Wednesday 9th April 2014. Picture by Sam Stephenson.
The Brighton Argus also published a two-page spread about the project on Saturday 12th April.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The current project has involved working with a diverse group of HIV positive people living in Sussex. They have shared their stories, participated in workshops, and are willing to answer any questions people may wish to ask them via email.
Listen to their stories online or visit the physical exhibition to hold the beautiful audio storybooks in your hand, and prepare to be moved and surprised by the tales these people have to tell. If you have enjoyed the website or would like to make a comment, please do so on the comments page of our site.
If you would like to further support the work of Speaking Volumes, we are always looking for funds, so please feel free to donate a little or a lot by visiting our online giving page here.