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Kevin P. Gilday

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Contact: kevpgilday@gmail.com
Local authority: Glasgow City
Languages: English, Scots
Kevin P. Gilday's headshot

Kevin P. Gilday is an award-winning writer and spoken word artist from Glasgow. He is curator and co-host of spoken word cabaret Sonnet Youth, a National Theatre of Scotland's Breakthrough Writer and member of the BBC Writers Room. Kevin has performed globally, from Hollywood to East Kilbride, including major festivals (BBC 6Music Festival, Wickerman, Belladrum, Lingo, Glastonbury), Fringes (Edinburgh, Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver), and large scale tours of the UK, Germany, Canada and the US. He has supported artists including Akala, Saul Williams, Sage Francis, Alabaster DePlume and George the Poet.

Kevin has also published two pamphlets (Notes From A Quarter-Life Crisis and The Man Who Loved Beer) and one collection (Gigantic Lying Mouth) of his poetry, as well as releasing his debut album, Experience Essential.

His writing has appeared in publications and websites around the world while his series of videos created for BBC The Social have been viewed by over 250,000 people. His theatre work has been seen at Oran Mor, Tron Theatre, Assembly Roxy, Lemon Tree, Byre Theatre, Beacon Arts Centre, Village Pub Theatre, Eden Court, The Revue Stage (Vancouver) and Tarragon Theatre (Toronto). He has twice been shortlisted for the Scottish Short Play of the Year Award.

(Photo credit: Jamie McFadyen)

(Works in Scots)

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; 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

Mentoring; Panel event; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners; English as an additional language (EAL); People experiencing mental health problems; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts)

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Class & society; Comedy, humour & funny books; Contemporary fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Drug addiction, alcoholism & substance abuse; Emigration & immigration; Event production; Family; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Loneliness & isolation; Love & romance; Music; Politics; Poverty; Religion & Beliefs; Self-publishing & independent publishing; Sports; Travel writing

Age groups published for

Teens; 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+