Gerda Stevenson is a writer, actor, director and singer/songwriter. She works in theatre, television, radio, film, and opera, and has seen her writing widely published, staged and broadcast. She has read at literary festivals internationally, including in the Czech Republic, Trinidad and Italy. Gerda was nominated as Scots Singer of the Year for the MG Alba Trad Music Awards, and received a BAFTA Best Film Actress award for her role in Margaret Tait’s Blue Back Permanent. Her first poetry collection, If This Were Real (Smokestack Books), was published in Italian translation in 2017 by Edizioni Ensemble as Se Questo Fosse Vero. Her opera libretto (with composer Dee Isaacs), a contemporary retelling of Coleridge’s poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, was commissioned and performed by the University of Edinburgh in 2017. Her latest highly acclaimed poetry collection, QUINES: Poems in tribute to women of Scotland, appeared with Luath Press in 2018.
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