Quines: Poems in tribute to women of Scotland (paperback)

Quines: Poems in tribute to women of Scotland (paperback)


This unique book of poems gives tribute to women of Scotland gives voice to 68 women from BC to the 21st century. The ‘voices’ of the poems range from those of the women featured, to inanimate objects – queens, politicians, a ship, a fish gutter, scientists, a mountain, sportswomen (including a whole football team) and many more.

Quines celebrates the richly diverse contribution women have made to Scottish history and society.

The word ‘Quine’ (lass, girl) Quine goes back to Old English cwen, meaning a woman, wife or, as in modern English, a queen.

Gerda Stevenson is an award-winning Scottish actress, director and writer, She has played many parts in the theatre, including the title role in Edwin Morgan's English translation of Racine's Phèdre, and Lady Macbeth, and has appeared in many television dramas.

"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...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


  • Size 13.3 x 20.9 cm
  • Format Paperback
  • Page count 136pp
  • Publisher Luath Press Ltd
  • ISBN 9781912147328
  • Authors Gerda Stevenson
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