Below is my piece from the 2014 Grandparents zine, edited and illustrated by Kerri Flannigan. The collection won best english zine at Expozine that year. Kerri’s illustrations are based on photos of my grandparents and their house in Rexdale. I was very close with my Scottish grandparents, and this was a very vulnerable piece to write. I learned to draw on scraps of paper from the printing factories my grandfather worked in, and spent countless hours tinkering with him in the basement building things and talking to him about kinds of things. Until I was about 11 or 12, I stayed over every week, and would share a bed with my grandmother. She would give me back scratches and we would have sweet pillow talk where she would tell me stories about scotland or sing me Irish songs as I fell asleep, as her family had immigrated from Ireland to Scotland a generation or two before she was born in Glasgow.