My vision for this piece was to inadvertently highlight the values of honesty and transparency within a family or community. I’m proud to have grown up in Glasgow. I aimed to capture the strong spirit of the city and its history of hard work and labour. When it comes to Glasgow’s renowned sense of humour, however, I fully intended to explore what can live under a laugh and why it's so important to talk openly about serious issues. In my experience, communities and families of all backgrounds in Scotland can have a penchant for sweeping traumatic or harmful experiences under the carpet. The alternative is honesty, both internally and with others - and this requires courage. Being honest about my own experiences has formed my strongest friendships, and truth is something I’d like to bring to a family of my own one day.
Glasgow is a beautiful and proud city but it’s also a city full of untold stories of suffering. I think there’s real value in being open about that. A favourite expression of mine is “it’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” But sometimes cursing the darkness is the best way to conjure the light.