For Radiophrenia 2017 we’ve worked with 4 community groups in Glasgow and introduced them to the joys of experimental radio and sound making. We’ve been helping people to learn how to make programmes for themselves by teaching them to use recording equipment and editing software. Here are some details about the groups and what they’ve been making:

Glasgow Clyde College 16+ Programme
The 16+ programme at Glasgow Clyde College is the only one of its kind in Scotland, aimed at supporting unaccompanied young asylum seekers and refugees from a range of backgrounds and countries. It is a specialist ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) course which incorporates creative arts, outdoor learning and extensive guidance. This year’s class, with an age range of 16-19, have come together with Sister to produce their own radio work for Radiophrenia, inspired by and featuring sounds of their home countries and what they hear in their new home of Glasgow. The class is made up of 22 young people who speak over 10 different languages.
Sister are a creative collective formed by Cass Ezeji and Siobhain Ma. Their work primarily explores the experiences and challenges facing mixed race Scottish women along with questions of identity and establishing a connection with their respective backgrounds (Nigeria, Hong Kong, Ireland and Scotland) from a distance.

Maryhill Integration Network
Stories and memories, improvised and found sounds from Maryhill and far, far beyond…
Maryhill Integration Network brings together communities through art, social, cultural and educational groups and projects. For Radiophrenia, people who’ve come to Glasgow from Eritrea, Syria, Palestine, Spain, Tunisia, Pakistan, Sudan, Uganda, Niger, Iran – and even England – share their adventures and experiments in sound.
“When we started doing these recordings – honestly – we were like, ok what is this?! For us it’s a new thing. But when we heard what we’d done, we found the joy in it.” – Sami, Sudan
Project Ability
Established in 1984, Project Ability is a Glasgow-based visual arts organisation that creates opportunities for people with disabilities and people with mental health issues, aged 5 years to 80 plus, to express themselves.
Broadercasting at Project Ability has taken the form of creative writing, noise making and sound recording workshops led by Anthony Autumn and Joanna Peace. Anthony and Joanna are writers and artists that work across genres and with others, and first formed the Project A Writing Group in 2015. Since then the group has worked on a number of writing and publishing projects, and this commission for Radiophrenia has allowed participants to approach writing in new ways, through voicing, through technologies, and through alternative forms of collaboration.
Over five weeks of workshops the group have conjured stories and poems out of their everyday experiences, their pasts and speculative futures. They have transformed found material and objects into words and sounds that are lyrical and emotional, funny and fantastical. These pieces make up a sound collage to be broadcast during the festival.

Vox Liminis
Based in Glasgow’s East End, Vox Liminis brings together people with convictions, artists and academics to develop the role of creative arts in criminal justice in Scotland. Exclusively for Radiophrenia, participants of various ages and backgrounds at Vox’s weekly Unbound sessions seek out, create, collaborate, record and manipulate an array of diverse sounds and stories.
“It’s been fab. Tune in to hear lots of weird and wonderful bits and pieces!” – Vox Liminis


(1) Maryhill Integration Network’s choir recording a Radiophrenia jingle
(2) Morag reading aloud the cut-up poem ‘Crackles’
(3) An excerpt from WE ARE THE SAME, WE ARE THE WORLD, an audio collage made up of every day sounds and interviews, intertwined with sounds from a range of countries and cultures.
(4) Experimental recording in the bike shed outside Vox Liminis HQ