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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,, 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: 

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:

Poetry at The Parlour:

Vagabond Voices:

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Poetry at Inn Deep – Episode 2:


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

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