Have you had an experience of spiritual communication within the Christian tradition? A call for contributors.

Nina Garthwaite, founder of In the Dark, writes:

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Artefacts from the Hearing Voices exhibition.

In February I will be exhibiting Tuning into the Light — a sound installation in the Chapel of the Holy Cross at Durham Cathedral that explores the experience of spiritual communication within Christian traditions. Made in collaboration with researchers from Hearing The Voice, this piece will be a meditation on the nature of the religious voice hearing experience both historically and in the present day. My hope is that the piece will inspire listeners to reflect on the experience of spiritual voice hearing in new ways. 

I am very keen to include first hand accounts of these experiences and am recordings interviews between now and 30th January. If you have an experience of spiritual communication (not necessarily verbal) within Christian traditions and you would like to find out more about the project and potentially share your experiences, please do get in touch at the address below. I would also be interested in hearing from you if you have actively sought spiritual communication over a period of time but feel that you have never received a response.


You will be able to visit the installation between 11th – 25th February at the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Durham Cathedral. It is part of the Hearing Voices: Suffering, inspiration and the every day exhibition at Palace Green. 

Please follow this link to contact Nina.


About Hearing Voices: suffering, inspiration and the everyday

Hearing a voice in the absence of any speaker is one of the most unusual, complex, and mysterious aspects of human experience. Typically regarded, as a symptom of severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia, voice-hearing is increasingly recognized as an important part of many people’s lives and experience, as well as a phenomenon that has had profound significance, not only for individuals, but across communities, cultures, and history.

From the revelatory and inspirational voices of medieval mystics to those of imaginary friends in childhood, and from the inner voices of writers as they craft their characters to the stories of people from the international Hearing Voices Movement, this exhibition will explore the complexity and diversity of the experience and interpretation of voice-hearing.

This exhibition draws on the work of Hearing the Voice, a large interdisciplinary study of voice-hearing based at Durham University and funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Hearing Voices: suffering, inspiration and the everday will be installed at Palace Green Library, Durham, UK from 5 November 2016 to 26 February 2017.

For more information please see the exhibition website: www.hearingvoicesdu.org

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