Religion & Spirituality

The smallVOICE podcast is a monthly mix of reviews, music and features from the award-winning GRF radio team. Visit for more information about show items and for our full archive of podcasts.

The smallVOICE podcast is a monthly mix of reviews, music and features from the award-winning GRF radio team. Visit for more information about show items and for our full archive of podcasts.


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The smallVOICE podcast is a monthly mix of reviews, music and features from the award-winning GRF radio team. Visit for more information about show items and for our full archive of podcasts.






Podcast Extra – Alex Booer

More good stuff from Alex Booer in this Podcast Extra… Alex was Anne’s ‘Thousand Words’ guest for our smallVOICE podcast in July, and if you enjoyed that, you won’t want to miss this! In this additional part of her conversation with Anne, Alex explores disagreement and understanding. Why is it …


smallVOICE podcast – July 2022

It’s July and it’s hot, hot, hot! This month we’ll cool down by reviewing the first novel by the Rev Richard Coles, ‘Murder Before Evensong’; Anne’s Thousand Words guest is geologist & theologian (oh yes!) Alex Booer; our roving reporter Margaret brings a welcome in the Highlands of Scotland for …


smallVOICE podcast – June 2022

It’s summer: the sun is out, the sky is blue and here’s our June podcast! Packed full with musings on matters moral, ethical and spiritual. This month we review the memoir Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner, and we revisit a Thousand Words feature with Kelvin Holdsworth specially for …


smallVOICE podcast – May 2022

It’s our 100th smallVOICE podcast and we might be celebrating just a bit. This month we take a look at the final series of Channel 4’s Derry Girls, Anne’s ‘Thousand Words’ guest is American pastor Jared Stacy who is currently doing a PhD in theological ethics (and boy, does he …


smallVOICE podcast – April 2022

It’s the near mythical ‘next podcast’ folks… Welcome to the smallVOICE podcast for April and we have sunshine and showers in the form of music and musings on matters moral, spiritual and ethical. We review award-winning poetry book The Kids by Hannah Lowe, which just won the Costa Book of …


Zzzzzzzzzz – smallVOICE March 2022

Do not disturb the sleeping Panda …. No March podcast folks! Covid has struck the team, but we’ll be back in April. See you then!


smallVOICE podcast – February 2022

It’s February and here’s a real winter warmer podcast! We review the BBC Radio 4 series and podcast ‘Things Fell Apart’ by Jon Ronson; Anne’s Thousand Words guest is veterinarian and pioneer minister Allan Wright, Margaret introduces our latest small VOICE of the month which, this month, is the Edinburgh …


smallVOICE podcast – January 2022

Jings! It’s another year! Better get on with it. In our January podcast, we review the West End musical ‘Anything Goes‘ as shown on TV at Christmas – it also tours in the UK later in the year; we have music in the form of two fab songs from Iona …


smallVOICE podcast – December 2021

Our December podcast is a festive Selection Box of items in another hour-long mix of matters moral, ethical and spiritual. We review this year’s crop of Christmas TV adverts, Anne speaks to pastor Jonathan Somerville who shares his picture that’s worth a thousand words & tells us about ‘Blue Christmas’; …


Podcast Extra – COP26 interviews

More about COP26 following our November podcast … We are delighted to have a podcast extra interview with two international delegates at the event in Glasgow 2021. They stayed with our very own roving reporter, Margaret, and her husband Dave during COP26. So, in this podcast extra, Margaret is in …


smallVOICE podcast – November 2021

November’s podcast is jam-packed with good things in nervous times (COP26 and the end of the world, anybody?). We review the BBC TV series Shop Well For The Planet?, while Anne’s Thousand Words guest is the artist Carol Marples who has produced new art for COP26 in Glasgow; Margaret introduces …


Podcast Extra – Chris Ashton

With perseverance, we’ll get through.” Resident of the island of St Vincent, Chris Ashton, was our ‘small voice of the month’ for October 2021. SmallVOICE presenter Margaret spoke to Chris via Zoom and Chris recounted the effect on the people of St Vincent of the eruption of the La Soufriere …


smallVOICE podcast – October 2021

It’s October already! This month in our Media Review, the smallVOICE team has been reading the award-winning novel Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (a no-spoilers review!). Anne brings us an insightful Thousand Words interview with Rev Dr Hamilton Inbadas; and we have an international ‘small voice of the month’ as Margaret …


smallVOICE podcast – September 2021

Summer’s just about over, but in a packed podcast we have all your regular favourites: our Thousand Words feature this month is a conversation with author Pat Bennett; our ‘small voice of the month’ is daredevil fundraiser Gillian McNab; in our Media Review we look at the new ITV drama, …


smallVOICE podcast – August 2021

This month, we review the startling podcast The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill from Christianity Today; Anne’s guest for our Thousand Words feature is Julia Bicknell, former BBC reporter and co-founder of World Watch Monitor; our very own roving reporter, Margaret introduces us to the Freedom of Mind Community …


Podcast Extra – Selina Hayes of Refuweegee

Here’s the full version of our interview with Selina Hayes, founder of Refuweegee, the refugee support charity in Glasgow. Please have a listen: Selina is passionate and committed, and this is a great insight into their ongoing work. (Length: 14’30 minutes) Refuweegee was set up in 2015 and smallVOICE’s Margaret …


smallVOICE podcast – July 2021

In a packed punnet of a summer special podcast, we have an interview update with Selina Hales of Refuweegee as our ‘small voice of the month’; we’re delighted to feature new singles from both Jack Badcock and Tom Houston. Since it’s our summer special we pick a couple of favourites …


smallVOICE podcast – June 2021

Our June podcast is busting out all over! We review Chine McDonald’s challenging new book ‘God Is Not a White Man’; Anne’s guest with their picture that’s worth A Thousand Words is trauma theologian Dr Katie Cross of Aberdeen University; our latest choice of ‘small voice of the month’ is …


Podcast Extra – Dr Gavin Merrifield

For May’s podcast, we reviewed the science book The God Equation: The Quest for a Theory of Everything by American theoretical physicist and science communicator Michio Kaku. You can listen to the review here (go on, you know you want to). The book raised so many interesting questions for us …


smallVOICE podcast – May 2021

It’s May! And despite some unseasonably cold weather, we are delighted to bring you another hour or so of music and musings on matters moral, ethical and spiritual. Your ration of podcasty goodness this month includes our review of the book The God Equation by Michio Kaku, Anne’s guest for …