Gerda Stevenson

Gerda Stevenson



Gerda Stevenson was born and raised in the Scottish Borders, and trained at RADA, London. She is an actor, singer/song-writer, playwright and poet.

Full Biography

Gerda Stevenson is an award-winning poet, playwright, prose writer, dramatist, actor, director and singer/song-writer. She writes in Scots and English. Her writing has been widely anthologised, and her acclaimed poetry collection If This Were Real was published by Smokestack Books in 2013. She has read her poetry at many festivals abroad, including Ireland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Trinidad.

She won the YES Arts Festival Poetry Challenge in 2013, and the Robert Tannahill Poetry Prize in 2017. She is the recipient of Scottish Arts Council and Creative Scotland bursaries. A CD of her own songs was launched in 2014, when she was nominated for the MG Alba Awards as Scots Singer of the Year. She regularly sings her songs and reads her poetry with her band, performing at Celtic Connections, 2015.

She has written several original radio plays, and dramatised many classic Scottish novels for BBC Radio 4. Her Stage play Federer Versus Murrary toured to New York in 2012, playing off Broadway as part of the Scottish Government’s Scotland Week celebrations. Her stage play Skeleton Wumman, an Oran Mor/Traverse co-production, also toured to West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2014.

She is a visiting lecturer at Glasgow University, where her poetry and drama are part of the Contemporary Scottish Literature course. She has run creative writing workshops at St. Andrews University, is a regular mentor for young playwrights at the Traverse theatre, and a Scots Language Ambassador for Education Scotland.

Further Reading

Selected Bibliography

If This Were Real (Middlesbrough: Smokestack Books, 2013)