Aberdeen City Libraries to virtually host ‘Wild Women’ to mark International Women’s Day

Aberdeen City Libraries are next Monday (8 March) marking International Women’s Day by hosting their first ever virtual author event Wild Women: Magi Gibson and Gerda Stevenson in ‘virtual’ conversation.

Inspired by the theme of International Woman’s Day (IWD), #ChoosetoChallenge, the event, which begins at 12.30pm, will see poets Magi Gibson and Gerda Stevenson reading from a selection of their works, as well as discussing what inspires them to write, their experiences and the women who have influenced them and their writings.

Award winning poet Magi Gibson has published several full-length collections, including the hugely popular Wild Women of a Certain Age and her most recent collection, I Like Your Hat.

Gerda Stevenson is a poet, writer, playwright and actress. Her most recent poetry collection Quines: Poems in Tribute to Women of Scotland, charts the historical and social contributions made by remarkable women of Scotland across the centuries, including among others, singers, politicians, a fish-gutter, a marine engineer, a salt seller and scientists.

Councillor Marie Boulton, Aberdeen City Council’s culture spokeswoman, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to celebrate International Woman’s Day 2021 with two such distinguished poets as Magi and Gerda.

“It’s really appropriate too, that this year’s theme #ChoosetoChallenge celebrates the female heroes of the pandemic such as healthcare providers carers, community organisers and innovators when we have so many great examples right here in Aberdeen.

“It’s equally fitting too that we are using our digital innovation in bringing the speakers and audience together online to celebrate innovators. As we have seen throughout lockdown and particularly at the recent Granite Noir 2021, we have been able to overcome the physical restrictions of the pandemic by attracting huge online audiences.”  

Booking for this free online event is essential: To book, or for more information, contact Aberdeen City Libraries - Tel. 01224 652500 Email LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk

This event will be hosted on Microsoft Teams – attendees will be emailed further details and links upon booking.


Photograph shows poet, writer, actress and playwright Gerda Stevenson.