Quines: Poems in tribute to women of Scotland

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Poems giving voices to 67 remarkable women of Scotland from thousands of years BC to 21st century women. A diverse range of women are represented through poetic monologues in Scots and English. This powerful, unique, well-researched collection is a new landmark in the fine tradition of Scottish women's writing from a renowned poet and performer.

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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, clothing Scots history at 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

There's a telling verse about Jesus in Mark's gospel: `Where did this man get all this? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?' The italics tell the story. The sisters are not named! And rarely have been in a history written by men. In this piercingly challenging and beautiful collection by Gerda Stevenson they are being named at last. And reading it bites the heart.

--Richard Holloway

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Gerda Stevenson was born and raised in the Scottish Borders, and trained at RADA, London. She is an award-winning poet, play-wright, prose writer, dramatist, actor, director and singer/song-writer. She is a visiting lecturer at the University of Glasgow, where her poetry collection, If This Were Real, and her stage play Federer Versus Murray are studied on the Contemporary Scottish Literature course. Her poetry and prose have appeared in the Scotsman, the Herald and New Writing Scotland. In 2013 her first poetry collection If This Were Real was published and in 2014 Gerda was awarded a Creative Scotland Artist's Bursary, to write this second collection on neglected Scottish women.

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