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Kevin P. Gilday

Writer & Spoken Word Artist

Photo credit: Jamie Mcfadyen Photography.

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Kevin P. Gilday is a writer and spoken word artist (amongst other things) living and working in Glasgow, Scotland.


Kevin graduated with Honours from a BA in Media Studies before taking on an MA in TV Fiction Writing which he graduated from with Distinction.



He is a writer for screen, stage and radio (and everything in between) as well as being one of the foremost spoken word artists to emerge from the fertile Scottish poetry scene.


He is the winner of the StAnza Digital Slam, the Creative Stirling Slam, the Four Cities Slam and a four time Scottish National Slam finalist. He is the curator and co-host of spoken word night Sonnet Youth and the presenter of Rhyming Optional, a dedicated Spoken Word podcast.


Kevin has performed all over the world including the BBC 6 Music Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Toronto Fringe, Wickerman, Belladrum, Lingo (Dublin) and Glastonbury Festivals. He has supported artists such as Saul Williams, Sage Francis and George the Poet.


Kevin has published two pamphlets of his poetry - Notes From A Quarter-Life Crisis and The Man Who Loved Beer -  as well as releasing four albums and four EPs of recorded material. All available via Bandcamp.


His writing has appeared in publications and websites around the world while his series of videos created for BBC The Social have been viewed by over 100,000 people. A playlist of the content is available here.


Kevin's theatre work includes several hybrid spoken word monologue performances, traditional theatre, experimental work, cabaret and script doctor commissions. This work has been performed in spaces such as The Tron Theatre, St. Luke's, Eden Court, Lemon Tree, Beacon Arts Centre, Oran Mor, The Arches and Tarragon Theatre (Toronto).


'A powerhouse poet at the top of his game'

Lingo Festival


'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'

Glasgow Guardian


'His words struck spoke to me in a manner no poetry had'

Zymbol Magazine


'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'

The Mumble


For bookings, scripts or any other matters, you can get in touch with Kevin directly through the Contact page or by emailing

Presenting the Rhyming Optional Slam, Nov 2013. Photo credit: Nadia Valkanova.