Lorna's debut poetry collection, Pigeon with Warburtons, was published by Speculative Books in 2019 alongside her intervention, Artist's Band-Aid, and included her own cover design. Her second collection, Colour Theory, won the Dreich Full Collection Award and will be published by Hybrid Dreich in Oct 2022 for Black History Month. Again, this collection will feature Lorna's own cover design.
Lorna is widely published in anthologies and magazines including: Magma, (forthcoming 2023); Causeway/Cabhsair, 2022, All Becomes Art: Vol 2, Speculative Books, 2022; Now, That’s What I Call Poetry!, Speculative Books 2018; Be the First to Like This: New Scottish Poetry, Vagabond Voices 2014; Great & Good: Isabella Elder & Strong Women O Govan – Protests and Suffragettes, Glasgow Arts, Glasgow Women’s Library, Glasgow Artists’ Studios, 2014; In Protest – 150 Poems for Human Rights, the University of London, 2013; Best Scottish Poems 2012, Scottish Poetry Library;New Writing Scotland 30, University of Glasgow 2012; A Thousand Cranes: Scottish Writers for Japan, Cargo Publishing, 2012; Trespass Magazine, http://www.trespassmagazine.co.uk/, 2011; Not Only the Dark, Word Aid, 2011; Hidden Venues, Confab, 2011; Hidden City 5, Confab, 2009; Hidden City 2, Confab, 2006; Outside of a Dog, Black and White Publishing, 2006; Snacks After Swimming, Freight, 2005.
‘As precise and focused as a painting by a Dutch master – except this poem looks at the gritty, urban world of today. Forget Mary Poppins and tuppence a bag; here bread is a ‘noose’ for a gallus, besieged bird and even the sun slides ‘like a drunkard’.’
- Louise Welsh and Zoe Strachan, Editors' comment, Best Scottish Poems 2012
2017 Discovery, anthology of student work at HMP Greenock, NCLAN
2014 STIR, Provided editorial support at HMP Shotts for the only Scottish creative arts magazine for prisoners, by prisoners: http://stirmagazine.org/
2014 Create & Curate, HMP YOI Cornton Vale anthology, University of Stirling/NCLAN
2012 Hidden City @ Barlinnie, anthology, animation and performance, Confab
2010 Caution: Works in Progress, HMYOI Polmont anthology, Falkirk Council
2006 Old Trainers, O, What they can do to Girls & Other Works, student anthology, University of Glasgow
Lorna has performed at various events across Glasgow and beyond including headline gigs at Poetry at Inn Deep and Poets in Paisley. Other gigs include: the Scottish Poetry Library; Aye Write Festival; Seeds of Thought @ CCA; Poetry at Inn Deep; Poetry at the Parlour; Mobilise the Fringe, Unison, Edinburgh Festival; Breaking Free, St. Mungo’s Museum, Glasgow, a dramatisation of the Abolition Movement and the Underground Railroad; The Bakehouse, Dumfries;Reading the Waves with Alasdair Gray, Streetlevel Photoworks; Poetry Café @ Edinburgh Festival, Forest Café; Hidden City 2 & 5 and Hidden Venues, Confab, site-specific poetry; Snap, Rhythm & Rhyme: Chromatic Voices with Paragon Ensemble, Refugee Week, Tron Theatre, Glasgow, multi disciplinary music, visuals and multi-voiced poetry on the theme of human rights; Chromatic Voices, Animal Rights Day, Brunswick Hotel, Glasgow; Masks & Masquerading: Performing Identities & the Literary Subject, University of Glasgow Conference; Plastic & Concrete: site-specific, multi disciplinary street theatre with Kristina Nell Weaver. Buchanan Street, Glasgow.
Speculative Books Interview: https://www.speculativebooks.net/lorna
Poetry at The Parlour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJurNurFnzE
Vagabond Voices: http://bethefirsttolikethis.weebly.com/lorna-callery.html
Vagabond Voices: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDUtbWXLfwA
Poetry at Inn Deep – Episode 2: https://poetryatinndeep.podbean.com/page/2/
COMMISSIONS + RESIDENCIES
2012 Wassard Elea, Italy, month-long residency to create new work.
2011 Hidden Venues @ Merchant City Festival 2011, Glasgow, Confab
2009 Hidden City 5, Confab, site-specific poetry, Tontine Lane, Glasgow
2008-2011 Reader in Residence
Her Majesty’s Young Offenders Institute Polmont, Falkirk, Scotland.
2006 Hidden City 2, site-specific poetry, Hill St. Viewpoint, Glasgow, Confab
2005 Tercet Space, Intermedia Gallery, King St, Glasgow
2001 A Guid Hing, Pollok Kist Museum, Glasgow