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Kevin P. Gilday

Writer & Spoken Word Artist

Photo credit: Jamie Mcfadyen Photography.


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 and the National Theatre of Scotland's Breakthrough Artist for 2018.



Kevin has performed all over the world, from Hollywood to East Kilbride, including major festivals (BBC 6Music Festival, Wickerman, Belladrum, Lingo, Glastonbury), Fringes (Edinburgh, Toronto, Edmonton, 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.


Kevin has also published two pamphlets (Notes From A Quarter-Life Crisis and The Man Who Loved Beer) and one collection (Gigantic Lying Mouth) of his poetry, as well as releasing his debut album, Experience Essential, under the guise of Kevin P. Gilday & The Glasgow Cross on Iffy Folk Records (Glasgow) and Nymphs & Thugs Records (London).


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 a quarter of a million people.


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'

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.