When the news came in that the world was getting a little smaller with the UK voting to leave the EU, I wanted to spend the day in bed. But I'd already made plans. My friends at Leylines Theatre had a night on as part of Refugee Festival, an evening of sharing and conversation on the theme of "calling a new place home:". Retreating under the duvet was the wrong thing to do on a day like that. Spending time talking and listening with new people was the right thing to do on a day like that.
I've always lived in Glasgow (aside from a stint in the SE for uni but leaving home for uni doesn't count). Staying in Glasgow is a choice for me. I love it here and I still feel there is much more to discover about the city. Though I've stayed still, I've seen the city changing over my lifetime. It is in part to the people who have also chosen to call Glasgow their home. The city has adapted. The city has evolved.
At the event, I spoke about another change to the city, the urban gulls. The gulls that clean up the mess in the city centre are natives. They've been born here. They've never seen the sea. They like where they are. The city has adapted to them. They city has evolved. I've posted the poem on the Royal Court's platform More In Common, "an immediate, inclusive, non-border space for everyone to share their reactions."
Thanks to Helene, Vasso and Elliot at Leylines for hosting us. It did my heart good.