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Lorna Callery-Sithole

 
 

Lorna is a multidisciplinary artist with experience working in Offender Learning. She is interested in the softening of boundaries between art-forms, specifically visual art and poetry, and the use of the creative processes in rehabilitation. An Art school graduate and holder of a Masters in Poetry from Glasgow University Lorna is able to move seamlessly between the worlds of literary and performance poetry. Mentored by Tom Leonard while at Glasgow University, and a regular of the Glasgow poetry circuit. Pigeon with Warburtons is both art and artefact: a multimedia collection blending Lorna's distinctive, arresting poetic voice with photography, documented art, interactive imagery and a new, limited edition artwork unique to this publication.

 
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THE ARTIST BANDAID

The first run of Lorna’s collection came with a piece of free art! That’s 300 artist bandaids.

The Artist Band Aid was originally produced in response to Lorna having to hold down three jobs to fund her MPhil in Creative Writing in 2006, in order to stay afloat and be able to create her art. Three hundred of these were painstakingly reproduced (with the help of Sam Small from SpecBooks) so that the first print of Pigeon with Warburtons would be accompanied by these original, limited edition artworks, oh you lucky things!

 

Fierce

Today you were called a ‘Paki!’
By a six-year-old boy
He had four years on your two
You didn’t understand his language
But you knew it was not good
You were fierce

You told him to go out
Into the garden
Where he had always been
Alone, dragging himself up
Through these young years
You were fierce

Intergenerational ignorance
Tainting fresh landscapes
We are all refugees
In this mad world 
And you are Zimbabweegie 
You are fierce

You are all our futures
Streamlined steel, Clyde-built 
There will be no hooliganism
Fearless within close shadows 
Like Mary Barbour’s Army
You are fierce 

 

Shadows

look
it’s going to get me!

no
it’s always there for you

your shadow is nyachirombo
your guardian

look
it can be a butterfly

or a bird
but you like rabbit best

look
now you can’t stop waving

to the person 
on the other side

a whole new narrative 
to explore

and the water is singing