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Gerda Stevenson

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Email gerdastevenson@aol.com
Local authority: Scottish Borders
Languages: English, Scots
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Gerda Stevenson - award-winning writer, actor, director and singer-songwriter - works in theatre, television, radio, film, and opera throughout Britain and abroad. Her writing, widely published, staged, and broadcast, is studied on the University of Glasgow's Contemporary Scottish Literature course. Her stage play Federer Versus Murray (Salmagundi) toured to New York.

She has given readings and lectures in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Trinidad, Italy, USA, UK and Ireland. Her opera libretto, with composer Dee Isaacs, a contemporary re-telling of Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, was commissioned and produced by the University of Edinburgh in 2017. Her poetry collection If This Were Real (Smokestack Books) was published in Italian, Se Questo Fosse Vero (Edizioni Ensemble). She was nominated for MG Alba Trad Awards for her CD Night Touches Day, and won the YES Arts Festival Poetry Challenge 2013, and the Robert Tannahill Poetry Prize 2017. Her acclaimed poetry collection Quines: Poems in Tribute to Women of Scotland (Luath Press) was described by Jackie Kay in The Observer as a "fabulousa ground-breaker of a book".

Gerda wrote the biographical introduction and thirteen poems for Inside and Out: The Art of Christian Small (Scotland Street Press), and regularly runs workshops for children and adults.

(Works in Scots)

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Bilingual event; Mentoring; Panel event; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD

Topics of work

Contemporary fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Editing & editing your own work; Emigration & immigration; Environment & climate; Gender equality; Human rights; Island communities; Music; Nature; Performance training; Picture books; Politics; Science; Wars & conflicts; World War 1; World War 2

Age groups published for

Children; Adults

Age groups can work with

6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; Adults

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+