Kevin P. Gilday is an award-winning writer and spoken word artist from Glasgow, Scotland. He is the curator and co-host of spoken word cabaret Sonnet Youth, a National Theatre of Scotland Breakthrough Writer and a BBC Writersroom Scottish Voice. His hit show Suffering from Scottishness played to critical acclaim at this year's Edinburgh fringe - gaining a four star review from The Scotsman, amongst others.
Kevin has performed all over the world, from Hollywood to East Kilbride, including major festivals (BBC 6Music Festival, Glastonbury), Fringes (Edinburgh, Toronto, Vancouver) as well as large scale tours of the UK, Germany, Canada and the US. He has supported artists such as Akala, Saul Williams, Sage Francis, Alabaster DePlume and George the Poet.
He has published four books of poetry, with his most recent - Sad Songs for White Boys (via Speculative Books) - bringing together nearly ten years of work. His debut album under the guise of Kevin P. Gilday & The Glasgow Cross, Experience Essential, was released in 2018 on Iffy Folk Records (Glasgow) and Nymphs & Thugs Records (London).
His theatre work has been seen at Oran Mor, Tron Theatre, Assembly Roxy, Lemon Tree, Byre Theatre, Beacon Arts Centre, Village Pub Theatre, Eden Court, The Revue Stage (Vancouver) and Tarragon Theatre (Toronto). He has twice been shortlisted for the Scottish Short Play of the Year Award.
'A powerhouse poet at the top of his game'
'This was something special. There is a quiet, unusual talent burgeoning here...go and witness it for yourself'
Edinburgh Fringe Review
'A crafted quality worthy of great appreciation...the audience were absolutely held in the story throughout'
'His words struck home...it spoke to me in a manner no poetry had'
'His is an expert form of spoken word for everyman, with strong links to the world of storytelling, and comedy. The man himself is authentic, naturally funny, and effortless'