In the last two years, more survivors of sexual and domestic abuse have spoken out than ever before. We want to continue this change by giving survivors a platform to have their voices heard.
Uncovered Voices is a project based in Glasgow, Scotland, which aims to promote and publish the writing and artwork of sexual and domestic abuse survivors. Run by Uncovered Artistry, a non-profit organisation that supports the creativity of those who have experienced abuse, Uncovered Voices's mission is to reach out to people in our local community and help them to create something that is meaningful to them.
From September to November 2017, we ran a series of free creative writing workshops at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow, where sexual and domestic abuse survivors developed their writing ideas and received guidance from professional, published women authors. To deliver these workshops in a safe space, we partnered with a representative from Glasgow Women’s Aid, who offered invaluable support.
Now we want to promote the creativity of 21 domestic and sexual abuse survivors even further by publishing an anthology of art, poetry, prose, and nonfiction on the themes of abuse, healing, and survival. We hope that this anthology will challenge stereotypes about sexual and domestic abuse, as well as help survivors to express themselves through creativity. We have already won a Young Programmer's grant from The Scottish Book Trust to launch the anthology in Book Week Scotland 2018. We will have also been awarded a small grant from the Forest Cafe in Edinburgh, where we will host a lovely launch and reading event for our writers and artists.
Our team are experienced editors and publishers, who are dedicated to producing an anthology of the highest quality possible. We will be providing regular updates on the progress of the anthology, which has already been compiled and edited, with a forward from Nadine Aisha Jassat.
What does your donation go towards?
- Publishing costs and ISBN.
- Paying our writers and artists for their contributions.
- Providing copies of the book for free to venues such as Glasgow Rape Crisis, Glasgow Women's Aid, and the Mitchell Library.
Of course, we'll also update you if there are any delays in the process, as we like to keep you in the loop. We might also send you pictures of our team hard at work (possibly with their pets)!
We appreciate any donation you can make to our project, and we hope to see you at our launch party at the Forest Cafe for Book Week Scotland on the 24th of November!