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Feelings of Presence: New Article and Survey

Have you ever had the experience of feeling like you are in the presence of somebody, even when no-one was there? Or had the feeling that someone was close by, who you couldn’t see, hear or touch?

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‘Working with Voices – Day 2’, Durham University, 6 June 2016

Earlier this month Hearing the Voice and the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust tertiary psychosis team welcomed over fifty clinicians and mental health professionals to the Durham University Business School for the second day of Working with Voices – a four-day training course aimed at providing TEWV staff working with people who experience distressing voices with hands-on skills that can be used in their clinical practice. The theme for the day was ‘Core Skills in Working with Voices’.

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Hearing the Voice at the House of Lords

Hearing the Voice is delighted to feature in an event celebrating the 10th anniversary of Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) that will take place at the House of Lords tomorrow evening. ‘Transforming the Way We Think’ will showcase the IAS’s various activities and research themes over the last decade, and celebrate its leading role in the promotion of interdisciplinary thinking within Durham University, nationally and internationally.

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‘Hallucinations and Spiritual Experience: Voices, Visions and Revelation’, Royal College of Psychiatrists Spirituality SIG Conference, London, 25 November 2016

Hearing the Voice team members Charles Fernyhough, Christopher Cook and Ben Alderson-Day are delighted to be speaking at the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Spirituality SIG Conference on ‘Hallucinations and Spiritual Experience: Voices, Visions and Revelation’, which will take place in November later in the year.

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An invitation to people who hear voices: Art workshop, Durham, 9 July 2016, 10am–3pm

Victoria Hume has been commissioned to make a work of art called ‘What is it like to hear voices?’ for Hearing Voices: Suffering, Inspiration and the Everyday, an exhibition running at Palace Green Library from November 2016 to February 2017. The artwork will use sound, text and animated image to explore the experience of hearing voices, and will be developed in collaboration with people who hear voices primarily through a day-long workshop at the Learning Centre in Durham’s Palace Green Library, 10-3pm on Saturday July 9. If you are someone who hears or has heard voices and would like to participate in this workshop, please email Victoria Patton (Hearing the Voice) or telephone 0191 334 8163. We will be able cover travel expenses for participants within the region, and will provide lunch and refreshments on the day.

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‘Heading Out’ by Refiloe Lepere

Refiloe Lepere is a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She is a dramaturge at the South African State Theatre, a director, drama therapist, and writer. In her productions, she weaves history, statistics and personal narrative to address issues of social (in)justice, intersectional identities and the psychology of black people.

Heading Out explores the life of a voice-hearer who confronts her voice. The play was first performed at the Rattlestick Theatre in New York City (2013) and later at the Wits Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa (2014). In this post for the HtV blog, Refiloe reflects on the making of the play and what she learned from the experience.

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Call for proposals: Writer-in-residence

As part of our forthcoming exhibition on voice-hearing, Hearing the Voice is looking to commission a writer to undertake a residency during the course of the exhibition at Palace Green Library, Durham University (5 November 2016 – 26 Feb 2017). Applications close at 12 noon on Friday 15 July 2016.

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