Translation: Dr Phil Crockett Thomas

Episode 2


Season 1

18th November 2020 | Dr Phil Crockett Thomas | 29:15

When we think about translation we usually think of translating from one language to another but research is an act of translation too. Often you are translating an experience, a conversation or observation into quotes and tables. Maybe there’s a better way of doing this?

Our guest, Dr Phil Crockett Thomas, a visual sociologist based at the University of Glasgow and research associate on the Distant Voices project, has found poetry to communicate her research and talks to Dr Alistair Fraser about her latest collection ‘Stir’.

“The poems really developed out of my time spent in these prison based song-writing workshops. What I found was that my ongoing practice as a writer of mainly fiction lead to the production of these fragmentary poetic fieldnotes.”

Host: Dr Alistair Fraser

Produced and edited by Rachelle Cobain and Mark Cunningham

Follow Phil on twitter via: @crowdedmouth

Phil’s collection of poems ‘Stir’ is available to read on her website: bit.ly/35H9Uj9

Music: ‘Rewind’ by Donna Maciocia and Sean H available to download from the Distant Voices EP ‘Looking at Colours Again’.

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