Gerda Stevenson is an actor, writer, director, and singer-songwriter, who in 2014 was nominated as one the Saltire Society’s Outstanding Women of Scotland. Her most recently published book of poetry, If This Were Real, was described by The Sunday Herald as “the best of the new in contemporary Scottish poetry – not to be missed.”
As part of our season of women’s work, Gerda will read from a new collection she has been working on, about overlooked women from Scottish history and culture. Amongst these is Orkney-born filmmaker Margaret Tait, with whom Gerda worked on the feature Blue Black Permanent (the role earned Gerda a Scottish BAFTA).
A pioneering film talent, Margaret Tait passed away in 1999 after a prolific career making mostly short films based in the cobbled streets of Edinburgh, or on the windswept crofts of her native Orkney, as well as illustrated film-poems and reminders of her time studying in Rome. Three of her shorts will be shown alongside Gerda’s reading – each of them a very different and intimate portrait of a woman – with live accompaniment from Jess Ipkendanz.