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Friday 22nd May, 5-7pm, GMT, I’ll be one of the poets participating in the first European Green Poetry Festival, an online live-streamed event, hosted from Rome by Insula Europea - 18 poets - 9 from Italy, and 9 (including Gerda) from other European nations.

And click here to read Gerda being interviewed for Insula Europea by Laura Maniero and Hugo Fracassa

For news of events, go to Gerda’s Facebook page 

Over the last two years, 2018/'20, Gerda has given poetry readings from all her books, and has sung her songs all over Scotland and abroad, including the Edinburgh International Book Festival, 2018 and 2019, and tours of Italy.

She has also toured throughout Scotland during 2019/'20 with Freeland Barbour, promoting his biography of the great 18th century song-writer Carolina Oliphant (Lady Nairne), The White Rose of Gask (Birlinn, 2019). Lady Nairne is one of the women celebrated by Gerda in her collection: QUINES: Poems in Tribute to Women of Scotland (Luath Press, 1st edition, 2018, 2nd edition, 2020). Freeland has also published Lady Nairne’s Lays of Strathearn - a book of her wonderful songs which have been out of print for over a hundred years: This is a project close to Gerda’s heart.

In common with most free-lance artists the world over, all Gerda's readings, gigs, and performances have been cancelled for the foreseeable future, due to Covid-19. In the meantime, she is contributing to various online projects:

Carol Ann Duffy’s WRITE Where We Are NOW


and to Scotland Makar Jackie Kay’s Zoom online project, MAKAR TO MAKAR - 16 poets and musicians through 16 weeks, performing their work, commencing on 14th May, 2020.

She will also be contributing to the National Theatre of Scotland’s SCENES FOR SURVIVAL project

  • Thursday 18th October, 2018,
    Imprint Book Festival, Kilmarnock.
  • Monday 8th October, 2018,
    Haddo Arts Festival:
  • Sunday 2 September, 2018
    2.30 (about an hour) Poetry inspired by the art of Christian Small, written and read by Gerda Stevenson, an award-winning Scottish actress, director and writer. Tickets £10 including a glass of wine The Museum Room, Chambers Institution, High Street, Peebles 01721 724820
  • August 24th, 2018 - Thomas Muir Memorial Lecture: Gerda Stevenson
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm St Mary’s Cathedral Palmerston Place Edinburgh, EH12 5AW United Kingdom + Google Map
  • Tuesday, 21st August, 2018, 5.15pm - 6.30pm
    Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL Verse and Song in tribute to women of Scotland Luath Poets at ScotlandsFest 2018, a week of talks and debates, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. What does a woman of Scotland look like? Gerda Stevenson and Magi Gibson explore the past and present incarnations of a Scottish woman in song and verse. Explore and celebrate richly diverse poetry from two of Scotland’s most thought-provoking and entertaining poets.
  • 20th - 26th August, 2018, 3pm,
    (one hour), Edinburgh Fringe: Paradise in The Vault (Venue 29) 11 Merchant Street, Edinburgh EH1 2QD Gerda will be reading from QUINES and singing songs of Elizabeth Melville, whose poetry Jamie Reid Baxter will read
  • Sunday 12th August, 2018, 6.30pm,
    Writers' Retreat: Gerda reads from her book QUINES at the EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL 5 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4DR Phone: 0131 718 5666
  • Tuesday 31st of July, 2018, 7pm,
    Gerda will be talking about and reading from her book QUINES: Poems in tribute to Women of Scotland at: The Scottish Writers' Centre, Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD
  • Thursday, 5th July, 2018, 8pm
    Lyth Arts Centre, Lyth, Wick KW1 4UD
  • Friday, 22nd June, 2018, 7.30pm
    Municipal Hall, Kirkstyle, Biggar, ML12 6DT Gerda reads as guest poet with poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, joined by fellow poets Jackie Kay, Gillian Clarke and Imtiaz Dharker, on their Shore 2 Shore tour of independent bookshops, joined by musical master of ceremonies John Sampson. Tickets are now on sale. £15.00 each from Atkinson-Pryce direct: 01899 221225 or email:
  • Sunday, 17th June, 2018, 2pm, Akerfallet, NORWAY
    Gerda will be singing from her album NIGHT TOUCHES Day, with Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Kyrre Slind
  • Sunday 10th June, 4pm, 2018:
    Gerda will be reading at the launch of a new book she has edited: INSIDE & OUT - the Art of Christian Small at: West Linton Bowling Club, 1 Chapel Brae, (by the Lower Green and tennis court) West Linton EH46 7EP
  • On Wednesday 23rd May, at Liet International Festival, the Netherlands, Gerda will be performing her own songs in Scots, accompanied by Norwegian multi-instrumentist Kyrre Slind, along with other singer-songwriters selected from different regions in Europe, all performing their songs in minority languages:
  • Gerda will be reading from her poetry collection QUINES during May, 2108:

    Thursday 17 May, 7:30PM Barn Arts:
    The Barn Salon: Gerda Stevenson, The Barn, Burn O Bennie, Banchory AB31 5QA T: 01330 825431
  • Friday 11 May, 7:30pm, West Street Arts Centre, 4 West Street Penicuik, EH26 9DL
  • Wednesday 2nd May, 6.30pm, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, EH2 1JD. An evening of short readings from classics of children’s literature for a grown-up audience. With special guests actor, director, writer Gerda Stevenson and novellist writer Mary Paulson Ellis.
    Doors open 6pm; event 6.30-7.30pm.
  • QUINES readings April, 2018:
    Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 8pm, Lighthouse Bookshop 43-45 West Nicolson Street Edinburgh, Scotland, EH8 9BE
  • Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7:30 PM, Waterstones, Byres Road, Glasgow, Scotland, G12 8QZ
    Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 7:30 PM, Atkinson-Pryce Books 27 High Street Biggar, Scotland, ML12 6DA
  • QUINES readings, March, 2018:
    Wednesday, March 28, 201 7:00 PM, Citadel Books, 41 Montrose Terrace Edinburgh, Scotland, EH7 5DP
  • 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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