Alice Booth, who is part of the Health Management team at the Sussex Beacon, started the Speaking Volumes Project about three years ago
The project was designed as a way to give people living with HIV a voice and a chance for their stories to be heard by the public.
As part of this project, Alice recruited 15 people to share their stories, who had attended arts based workshops to prepare them to do this. Each story was then recorded, and later edited and put inside hollowed out books, which are displayed on the bookcase in the Sussex Beacon’s dining room. All the stories are divided up into 2-5 minute tracks, so anyone interested can listen to them if you only have a few minutes, or sit for longer if you have the time. The stories are also available on the Speaking Volumes website, where you can listen to them at your leisure – www.speakingvolumesproject.org