Lorna Callery-Sithole is a poet, visual artist, performer and educator from Pollok, Glasgow, which was a great apprenticeship in how to look at the world sideways.
She studied BA(Hons) Sculpture at the Glasgow School of Art before embarking upon an MPhil in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow where she achieved a distinction under the tutelage of Tom Leonard. Having also achieved a PGDE(S), Lorna is also a practicing Teacher of Art and Design.
Lorna considers herself to be a creative activist having co-founded Monosyllabic @ Mono Cafe, Glasgow (2008-10), a monthly spoken word and music event. She also co-founded Polka Dot Punks (2011-12), a pop-up gallery focused on promoting emerging talent alongside established artists whilst attracting new audiences using guerrilla marketing techniques.
Lorna has a passion for education and has worked in Offender Learning for over ten years. She began this journey as Reader in Residence at HMPYOI Polmont, then as a Lecturer and subsequently as Learning Centre Manager with New College Lanarkshire across six of Scotland's prisons.
Lorna has delivered a vast amount of interdisciplinary creative projects within Scottish prisons, schools and the community. She is adept at working with all age groups and abilities and is interested in the transformative effects of the creative process as well as blurring the boundaries between artforms, specifically visual art and poetry.
An experienced performer, facilitator and educator, Lorna is available for workshops and performances across the country.