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GRF wins Jerusalem Award

GRF won a top award and was also a finalist in this year’s Jerusalem Awards, presented in October at BAFTA in London.

From 26 entries, a shortlist of seven, and a final list of three, GRF won in the Festivals (Radio) category with our short programme called ‘Waiting for refugee status ‘. This programme was a presentation of music and words for Advent on the theme of waiting, featuring an interview with Alison Phipps, the foster mother of an asylum seeker. The shortlisting judges said it was as “a timely insight into the reality of those, especially children, seeking asylum and the engagement with the UK authorities.” Alison is Professor of Language and InterCultural Studies at the University of Glasgow, co-convener of the Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMnet). The judges said the programme was “…simple and understated but very, very effective…”.

Also, from 16 entries and a shortlist of six, we made the final list of three in the Digital Audio category for our smallVOICE podcast. The judges said “We really enjoyed listening to this – light in tone but substantive in content.”




October 26, 2016   No Comments

Latest GRF Prayer Letter

October 2, 2016   No Comments

GRF at the Aye Write! festival

GRF’s smallVOICE podcast is hosting an event at this year’s Aye Write! which is Glasgow’s popular and well-established book festival.

At 6pm on Saturday 18 April we are delighted to welcome Rev Dave Tomlinson. Dave Tomlinson was vilified in the tabloid press as ‘the villains’ vicar’ after taking the funerals of two Great Train Robbers, including Ronnie Biggs’ in 2014. For ten years, Dave led a church gathering in a pub in Clapham; he is a rubbish birdwatcher, a Liverpool supporter and he is convinced that God shouldn’t be left in the hands of the religious.

smallVOICE brings Dave to Aye Write for an honest, maybe controversial, but always eminently reasonable session about finding God.

The session will be chaired by smallVOICE presenter Darrem McKinnon, and other members of the GRF Team will be at the event. Do come along, enjoy the session, and say hello!

Tickets are £9 and you can book online at or by telephone 0141 353 8000 or in person at The Mitchell Library. Check out the smallVOICE website at for updates and news.

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March 21, 2015   No Comments

GRF’s smallVOICE podcast finalist at 2014 Jerusalem Awards


GRF’s monthly smallVOICE podcast was a finalist in the Series or Strand category at this year’s Jerusalem Awards. The presenting team of Darren, Margaret and Anne were able to attend the ceremony on 15 October at BAFTA in London. The category was won by BBC 2’s Pause for Thought, but the team from GRF were happy to pose with their finalist certificates for the camera!

October 16, 2014   No Comments

Our smallVOICE podcast is one!

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Our smallVOICE podcast has just notched up its 1st birthday! Thanks to everyone for listening and interacting.

The podcast is a monthly mix of chat, reviews, live music and topical debate. All the content is led by the experienced broadcasting team of Margaret Tooth, Darren McKinnon and Anne Muir (pictured above).

You can listen to it on our dedicated website at or subscribe on iTunes and listen to it on your mp3 player or phone.

We’ve had some great studio guests – including former Moderators of the General Assembly! There’s been laughs, great songs and challenging thoughts.

You can let us know what you think about the podcast via the website or on Twitter (@small_voice1).

August 4, 2014   No Comments