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Scotlandsfest 2019: Herstory - foregrounding the women of Scotland

  • Quaker Meeting House 7 Victoria Terrace Edinburgh United Kingdom (map)

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit

Gerda Stevenson's Quines: Poetry in tribute to women of Scotland has had a rapturous response and is changing the perception of women's contribution to Scottish life. In parallel, Anna Groundwater's Scotland Connected takes an illuminating approach to Scottish history, setting it against a timeline of world and UK history and giving due credit to the contribution made by women. Together they present the herstory of Scotland, recognising some of Scotland's underappreciated female icons.

GERDA STEVENSON is an award-winning writer, actor, theatre director and singer-songwriter. Her stage play Federer Versus Murray toured to New York in 2012, and in 2014 she was nominated as Scots Singer of the Year for the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, following the launch of her album Night Touches Day. She has won a BAFTA Best Film Actress award for her role in Margaret Tait's feature film Blue Black Permanent, and is the founder of Stellar Quines, Scotland's leading women's theatre company. 

DR ANNA GROUNDWATER is a cultural and social historian of early modern Scotland and Britain at the University of Edinburgh. She publishes widely on Scottish and British history, Anglo-Scottish relations, and James VI and I, with several articles in History Scotland magazine.She consults for historical television and radio programmes, and has appeared on Scotland's Clans, and In Our Time.

Tickets are £5/£3 conc and are available from the Scotlandsfest event page here.

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