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Quines at YES Hub Fringe

  • Edinburgh Yes Hub 31 Lasswade Road Edinburgh, Scotland, EH16 6TD United Kingdom (map)

Gerda Stevenson brings her sensational poetry collection Quines: Poems in tribute to women of Scotland to the Yes Hub Edinburgh as part of the Festival Fringe 2018.

Admission is free and all are welcome - for more information and to book, please visit, or call 07837677307, or email

 “An inspiring collection, celebrating Scottish women throughout the ages. There are nearly 60 poems here, ranging from queens to fish-gutters and, chronologically, from a 5000-year-old reconstructed head in a Shetland museum to the only recently departed Tessa Ransford of the Scottish Poetry Library. The challenge of writing so many poems on a theme and keeping them all distinct from each other is a mammoth undertaking, but Stevenson is more than up to the task, taking on a variety of styles, voices and perspectives.…not only an absorbing and uplifting book but educational too.” Sunday Herald.

 “Although Gerda Stevenson is a hugely distinguished actor, director, musician and playwright, her poetry is less well-known. Her second collection, Quines, will surely change that.” Morning Star.

 “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

 "Quines is a vivid explosion of thought, description and bold opinion…a wonderful, life-affirming book.” Lesley Riddoch

“I devoured QUINES last night - loads of my favourite women inside -  and will be reading and reading again for the sheer heart moving enjoyment. I went straight for Lady Nairne and Tessa Ransford to start with, to get the measure of the work, and the poems took my breath away. At the moment, ‘Horsehead Nebula’ is my favourite. I so like the sting at the end of the St Margaret poem, and the poem for Nancy Riach is sublime.” Dr. Elspeth King, Director, Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum.