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Lorna Callery-Sithole

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Renfrewshire
Languages: English, Scots
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Lorna Callery-Sithole is an award-winning, working-class, multi-disciplinary poet, visual artist, and Slam Champion from Pollok whose work has appeared in Magma, Glasgow Review of Books, New Writing Scotland, Best Scottish Poems, and Causeway/Cabhsair. 

Collections: Pigeon with Warburtons (Speculative Books, 2019), Colour Theory (Hybrid Dreich, 2022), Facing Our Past: Shining the Light (National Trust for Scotland, 2022), and the girl with heaven in her hair (Hybrid Dreich, June 2024). 

Lorna is co-founder of Versaye! spoken word cabaret promoting emerging talent alongside established writers and she is Spoken Word Editor for Glasgow Review of Books. She has over twenty years’ experience teaching creative writing, literature, and visual art to young people and adults within six Scottish prisons, mainstream secondary education, the ASN sector, and the wider community.

She was Storyteller in Residence for the National Trust for Scotland in 2022, tasked with exploring the links between the Stirling Maxwells and enslavement in the Caribbean, which is set to be developed further with the Scottish Storytelling Centre in autumn 2024. 

Lorna is currently producing her debut storytelling performance ‘Inheritance’ for the Village Storytelling Festival in June 2024, an autobiographical account of two siblings growing up in Pollok in the 1980-90s reflecting on the tribalism of gang culture, community, identity, and language.


(Photo credit: David John Aikenhead)


Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Chairing events; Live drawing; Mentoring; Panel event; Performance; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Carers; English as an additional language (EAL); Intergenerational learning; Outdoor learning; Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; People living with dementia; Prisoners & young offenders; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Adolescence; Ageing; Biography & memoir; Characters of colour & BAME characters; Childhood; Class & society; Death, grief & bereavement; Discrimination & prejudice; Drug addiction, alcoholism & substance abuse; Editing & editing your own work; Emigration & immigration; Environment & climate; Event production; Family; Friendship; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; History; Human rights; Loneliness & isolation; Nature; Performance training; Politics; Poverty; Publishing & getting published; Self-publishing & independent publishing; Travel writing; Urban communities; Violence & abuse; Wars & conflicts

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

0-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+