Gerda Stevenson reads and discusses her newly published poetry collection Quines: Poems in tribute to women of Scotland at Waterstones Byres Road. Featuring women from thousands of years BC to the 21st century, Quines gives voice to Scottish women who have been neglected or mistreated by the history books, including queens, salt-sellers, a whole female football team and many more.
'Quines is a vivid explosion of thought, description and bold opinion, clothing Scots history as last with the myriad contribution of its women. Gerda Stevenson personifies figures often left as dry as dust and reinstates the dignity and complexity of female characters who have helped shape society and reach across the centuries to modern women today. Her use of Scots language and Gaelic phrasing adds authenticity and smeddum. This is a wonderful, life-affirming book. LESLEY RIDDOCH
'Clutch this book of wondrous odes to your bosom - it will gladden your heart, sadden it but also fill you with pride. What women they were that birthed our Scottish nation and here they are, exquisitely brought to vibrant life, by that contemporary cultural quine, Gerda Stevenson.' BARONESS HELENA KENNEDY QC
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Quines: Poems in tribute to women of Scotland by Gerda Stevenson