Gerda Stevenson will read from her acclaimed book of short stories, LETTING GO, in conversation with Thomasin Collins of Luath Press. The stories take us on a journey through landscape, language and turbulent times, from the mid-19th century to the present day, and into the future. Stevenson’s array of characters from many walks of life and nationalities – including a traveller, a wood carver, a nurse, an architect and a magician – meet and part, some becoming reacquainted. Themes exploring identity, creativity and the environment, echo and connect throughout the different narratives. The author leads us outward from her native Scottish Borders to Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Gàidhealtachd, south to England, across the Atlantic to Apartheid South Africa and, finally, to the melting Arctic.
“The short stories in this astonishing collection deal with the transforming power of love in all its forms…breathtaking, page-turning fluency…splendid and gripping.” The Scotsman.