For our penultimate ‘Meet the Volunteers’ this year, let us introduce you to the fantastic Luke Shaw, who started volunteering with us after accompanying some of our Aspire artists to their visual arts workshops.
“I graduated from the University of East London in 2009 with a BA in Creative and Professional writing. Since then I have continued working under the pseudonym Anthony Autumn, and have focused on developing my practice as a poet and performer. I also co-manage and edit an artist-led publication of creative, text-based work named HOAX. I moved to Glasgow almost four years ago, soon after which I became a personal care assistant and through this I discovered Project Ability. I was instantly impressed and have always had such a fun and educational time accompanying various people to the workshops and seeing that the participants of all of Project Ability’s activities across the board are achieving so much!
I was keen to get involved, but wasn’t sure whether that would be possible as my background isn’t in fine art. I soon began talking to staff who have been very kind in letting me organise and run Creative Writing and Reading groups with the lovely folk at ReConnect on a Friday morning. I am in my second block of workshops, and I am learning so much! The structure of the sessions is very informal, people are welcome to come and go as they please, but the main aim at the moment is to get participants chatting about a range of poetic voices and styles, and hopefully encourage their own to sing out!”
Many thanks Luke!