Gerda was nominated for the MG ALBA SCOTS TRAD AWARDS in the Scots Singer of the Year category.
Scot Trad awards

Just out - Gerda's latest poetry collection, TOMORROW'S FEAST, published by Luath Press, 2023

Praise for Tomorrow's Feast
"A collection by Gerda Stevenson is always a literary event of significance. Her poems are vigilant, prudent, and lucid, full of lyricism and wit. Her Mariner, included here, is a brilliant libretto... She is a visionary who sings the world alive." - MENNA ELFYN

"I was mesmerized by the depth and breadth of Tomorrow's Feast, by how Stevenson links seamlessly our past with our present, employing different poetic formats such as Haiku to sprechgesang." - DR SYLVIA WARNECKE, The Open University

"A beautiful collection - moving, thoughtful, challenging (and occasionally funny!), altogether so powerful." - DR MICHEL BRYNE, University of Glasgow


Gerda was nominated for the MG ALBA SCOTS TRAD AWARDS in the Scots Singer of the Year category for her album NIGHT TOUCHES DAY.
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Publication date of LETTING GO:
15th November, 2021

letting go

see Scotsman review of LETTING GO
"A wonderful collection. The stories strong, the writing pitch perfect. Full of warmth and humour, gloriously affirmative, achingly bittersweet." ALAN SPENCE.

"Brave and vibrant." JAMES ROBERTSON

"Wonderfully compassionate creation of characters, their interactions, and evocation of place and landscape." VICKI FEAVER

"Really powerful work, and more than a collection - a sequence, because there is that underlying unity of consciousness and experience within and among the stories. So, artistry, yet also the tough experiences behind and through the words." DONALD SMITH

"An amazing, powerful collection. So many threads drifting in and out, colours disappearing then coming back into focus - and quite unsettling as the timeline moves to our day, and beyond." MICHEL BYRNE

"Stevenson effortlessly flits from English into Scots - a real strength, giving her work a rare diversity." JIM AITKEN


unveiling at the Wallace Monument Gerda Stevenson, is an award-winning writer, actor (trained at R.A.D.A.), director, singer-songwriter, working in theatre, television, radio, film, and opera, throughout Britain and abroad. Her poetry, drama and prose have been widely published, staged, and broadcast. She has written extensively for for BBC Radio 4 " original plays, as well as dramatisations of classic Scottish novels. Her theatre productions and literary festival readings include Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Trinidad, Italy, USA, UK and Ireland.

Her poetry and drama are studied on Glasgow University"s Contemporary Scottish Literature course. Awards include a BAFTA Best Film Actress Award for her role in Margaret Tait"s feature film BLUE BLACK PERMANENT, winner of the YES Arts Festival Poetry Challenge, 2013, and the Robert Tannahill Poetry Prize, 2017. She is the recipient of Scottish Arts Council and Creative Scotland awards. In 2018, Gerda gave the Thomas Muir Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh Festival, and also the George Mackay Brown Memorial Lecture in Orkney. Nominations include three times for the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland, Scots Singer of the Years for the MG Alba Trad Awards, following the launch of an album of her own songs, NIGHT TOUCHES DAY, and for the New York League of Professional Theatre Women"s Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award. Her film and TV appearances include BRAVEHEART, MIDSOMER MURDERS, HEARTBEAT, THE BILL, and TAGGART. She is regularly heard in BBC Radio 4"s popular PAUL TEMPLE MYSTERIES, playing Steve, the feisty wife of the eponymous hero.

recording The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Gerda at BBC Broadcasting House, London, recording Muriel Spark"s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, for BBC Radio 4, Book at Bedtime.

She performed in, and directed her stage play FEDERER VERSUS MURRAY (published by SALMAGUNDI, USA), touring the production to New York in 2012, as part of the Scottish Government"s NYC SCOTLAND WEEK celebrations. Her opera libretto, a contemporary re-telling of Coleridge"s THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER, was commissioned and produced by the University of Edinburgh, 2018. She was Associate Director of Communicado Theatre Company for 12 years, working with Gerry Mulgrew on many productions, in admin, acting and directorial capacities, and is the founder of Stellar Quines, Scotland"s leading women"s theatre company.

if this were real

Her poetry collection IF THIS WERE REAL (Smokestack Books, 2013), was published in Italian, SE QUESTO FOSSE VERO, by Edizioni Ensemble, Rome, 2017
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"The best of the new in contemporary Scottish poetry - not to be missed." RON BUTLIN, THE SUNDAY HERALD.
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Her second poetry collection, QUINES: Poems in tribute to women of Scotland (Luath Press, 2018, 1st edition, 2019, 2nd edition), charts the contribution made to Scottish history and society by remarkable women of Scotland, from Neolithic times to the 21st century - singers, politicians, a fish-gutter, queens, a dancer, a marine engineer, a salt seller, scientists, sportswomen, including a whole football team, and many more.  


1st edition of QUINES, 2018. "Fabulous"a groundbreaker of a book." JACKIE KAY, THE OBSERVER. Click here for reviews

2nd edition of QUINES, 2020.

QUINES will be published by Edizioni Ensemble, 2020, in Rome, in an Italian translation by Laura Maniero (supported by a grant from Publishing Scotland).


EDINBURGH, (Allan Wright Photographic, 2019), a collaboration in poetry and images with landscape photographer Allan Wright.

"A stunning tribute to that magnificent old hypocrite, the city of Edinburgh." RICHARD HOLLOWAY.
"Fabulous, intimate portrait of Edinburgh in new book with a personal introduction and poems by Gerda Stevenson of "Quines" fame, matching images by photographer Allan Wright. Not the tourist"s view, nor an uncritical, gushing tribute. Perceptive, spirited and loving." LESLEY RIDDOCH.
'Stunning portrait of Edinburgh. The book is brilliant. Buy it." THE NATIONAL.  

Christian Small
INSIDE & OUT " the art of Christian Small, (Scotland Street Press, 2019)

"One of the most beautiful books ever published in Scotland." THE NATIONAL

"A perfect Winter book " a real comforter"fantastic poems, all in the painter's voice, giving title to the untitled - and what a story of what a life." LIZ LOCHHEAD.
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(below) Gerda in conversation with Ellie Ryecroft, about performing in Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis by Sir David Lyndsay. 



Photographs on this website by:
Andrew Wilson | Richard Campbell | Graham Hart | Sean Hudson | David Lyon | Douglas McBride | Murdo McLeod | Barbara McDermitt | Eamonn McGoldrick | Gerda Stevenson | Leslie Black

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