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  • Gerda's latest poetry collection, QUINES - a tribute to women of Scotland, will be published by Luath Press on 8th March, International Women's Day, with various associated events scheduled:

    Gerda will be speaking on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour 6th March (10-11am)

    at the National Library of Scotland, 7th March (2pm)

    the Scottish Poetry Library 8th March, (6.30pm)

    and the Graham Institute, West Linton, 9th March (7.30pm)

    Details of tickets on Evenbrite are given on the links below.
  • On 22nd and 23rd February, 2018, Gerda will give a poetry reading and will run a writers' workshop with the Uist Writers' Group at Taigh Chearsabhagh, Loch Maddy, North Uist. She will be reading from IF THIS WERE REAL, and also from her forthcoming poetry collection QUINES - a tribute to women of Scotland, to be published on 8th March, 2018, International Women's Day, by Luath Press.
  • 7th February, 2018, lunchtime event, Muriel Spark centenary: Gerda will be reading with Stewart Conn: Mistress of Unease: the Poetry of Muriel Spark 12.45-13.30, The Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh Free, unticketed
  • Gerda will be reading her poetry in Rome and Florence, on 2nd, 3rd and 4th February, 2018, from her poetry collection IF THIS WERE REAL (Smokestack Books, 2013), now in an Italian translation published last month by Edizioni Ensemble, Rome, entitled SE QUESTO FOSSE VERO, by Laura Maniero. This is a bilingual edition, with the original English language poems in parallel text:
  • • On 26th January, 2018, Gerda will be appearing at: Herland: Alter Native Burns 26th January at 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm Glasgow Women’s Library 23 Landressy Street, Glasgow, G40 1BP
    T: 0141 550 2267
  • Gerda is currently writing an opera libretto based on Coleridge's epic poem THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER, in collaboration with composer Dee Isaacs, commissioned by the University of Edinburgh's Music in the Community department, to be produced as a promenade production, March, 2018.
  • See Gerda's tribute to the great, much missed, photographer, Gunnie Moberg, who described herself as a Swedish Oracdian. Here's the link to her archive.
  • Monday, 7th August, 2017, 8.30pm - O’ Bheal, The Long Valley Bar, Cork City, Ireland –Gerda will be giving a poetry reading with fellow poet Aonghas MacNeacail.
  • 15th – 20th June, 2017 – Gerda will be taking part in workshops at the National Theatre of Scotland, with a group of Scottish and Quebecois theatre artists.
  • Thursday 8th June, 2017, 6pm: Bilingual poetry reading at Cove Park, (the artists’ retreat near Helensburgh), Gerda and translator Laura Maniero will read from Gerda’s poetry collection IF THIS WERE REAL (pub. Smokestack Books, 2013). Gerda will read her poems in the original English and Scots, and Laura will read her Italian translations.
  • Wednesday 24th May, 2017, 6.30pm, at the West End branch of Waterstones, Edinburgh - Gerda will be reading at the launch of the Scottish PEN anthology I'M COMING WITH YOU, with Jackie Kay, Liz Niven, Elspeth Brown and Anita John.
  • Monday 22nd May, 2017, 2,45pm, BBC Radio Scotland: Gerda and translator Laura Maniero interviewed by Edie Stark on the Janice Forsyth Show, about the new Italian translation of Gerda’s Poetry collection IF THIS WERE REAL(pub. Smokestack Books) to be published by Edizioni Ensemble in Rome, October, 2017. And @ 4pm, same day, Gerda and Laura will give a bilingual poetry reading at the Translation Studies department, University of Stirling,
  • Sunday 14th May, 2017, 3.30pm, Boswell Book Festival, Gerda will be in discussion with composer James MacMillan about his evocative arrangements on the CD The Lost Songs of St. Kilda, and with Charles MacLean, about his fascinating book, Island on the Edge of the World: the Story of St. Kilda.
  • Saturday, 13th May, 2017, 3.30pm, Boswell Book Festival - Gerda will be interviewing actor Alex Norton about his autobiography ‘There's Been A Life!’

Listen to Gerda's two-part drama about asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland. Under the umbrella title of ROOM FOR REFUGEES, the plays will be broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland, Wednesdays, 26th April, and 3rd May, @ 1.30pm.

Gerda's two-part radio drama, Room For Refugees, about asylum seekers and refugees living in Scotland, will be broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland on Wednesdays 26th April and 3rd May, directed by David Ian Neville - time to be confirmed. The casts include Iranian, Syrian, Iraqui Kurd and Scottish actors. 

"Scotland's Heroines": on Wednesday 19th April, Gerda will be reading from her forthcoming poetry collection on Scottish women, at the reception to announce the results of the public vote to select the first heroine to be commemorated in The Hall of Heroes at The National Wallace Monument:

Gerda is the winner of the Robert Tannahill Poetry Prize, 2017. The results were announced on 16th March, at the Lochwinnoch Arts Festival:   

Three poems from Gerda's above-mentioned poetry collection are included in the 2017 Spring issue of Northwords Now (editor Chris Powici).

Poetry reading: Reel To Rattling Reel, 2pm, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Glasgow Short Film Festival, Gerda will be reading with Christine De Luca, Aonghas MacNeacail, Kevin McNeill, Alison Miller, curated by Sarah Neely.

As part of International Women's Day, Gerda will be reading her poetry at two events in March:


16th February, 6pm, at the Glasgow Film Festival, in the CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD: 
a screening of feature film BLUE BLACK PERMANENT, by the Scottish film-maker/poet/short story writer MARGARET TAIT  (cast includes Gerda Stevenson, Celia Imrie, James Fleet and Jack Shepherd):…/margaret-tait-blue-black-permanent

After the film, at 8.15pm, in the CCA Club Room, there will be a Book Launch: ‘Between Categories: The Films of Margaret Tait – Poetry, Portraits, Sound and Place’ by Sarah Neely, with readings of and discussion about Margaret Tait's work, with Sarah Neely, Gerda Stevenson and Alison Miller, chaired by Mitch Miller. 


Monday 20th February, at 6.45pm, at the Glasgow Film Theatre, a screening of a new film CHARITY, by Kate Davis, the winner of the Margaret Tait Award, narration by Gerda Stevenson.

  • Presented by Playwrights' Studio, Scotland
    A TalkFest at the Tron event
    A rehearsed reading of a new play: Out of Edeby Gerda Stevenson
    directed by Paul Brotherston
    Wednesday 18 January @ 7.30pm, Main House, Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HB
    If you would like to attend, e-mail to 
    no later than 5pm on Tuesday 17 January.  
    Out of Eden is a socially engaged play about the secret parts in all of us; society’s attitudes to sex, our bodies, and to the selling and purchasing of sexual services. The play incorporates paintings by artist Gwen Hardie.
  • Gerda will be performing in DR JOHNSON GOES TO SCOTLAND by James Runcie, directed by Marilyn Imrie. This production, runs at Oran Mor, Glasgow, 24th – 29th October, and at the Traverse, Edinburgh 1st – 5th November, 2016.
    Box office: 0131-228-1404
  • Gerda directs Ellie Stewart’s new play MISCHIEF, opening at Oran Mor, Glasgow: Mon, 3rd October, 2016 — Sat, 08 October, 2016. The production tours to the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 10-15 Oct, 2016.

The above clip kindly provided by BBC, shows the recent documentary film "Building Hope: The Maggie's Centres" for which Gerda did the voice-over, November 2016

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