Gertrude Gibbons is a writer based in London. She studied Writing at the Royal College of Art, English and Related Literature at the University of York, and won runner-up for the Jacques Berthoud Prize in 2019. She has written for The French Literary Review, NERO Magazine, The Fortnightly Review, The Theatre Times, Witkacy!, Still Point Journal among others, and has recently written essays on Guillaume Apollinaire, Witkacy, Jean Cocteau and Philip Glass. Currently, she is researching Polish theatre and cultural reception in the UK and Italy, and writing about theories of absorption and seduction in the arts. She plays and teaches violin and has a keen interest in early music and opera. Other research areas include architecture, archives, graphics and design.
As a young teenager she co-founded the experimental language group 'Slavia' and wrote two novels and a play: Plato's Cave, performed at Arcola Theatre, Hackney, The Phaistos Disk (Ankrapath Press, 2012), and a second novel The Silent Violinist (Troubador Publishing, 2021). She is working on a collection of prose poetry engaging with the solo violin works of J.S. Bach. Gertrude has given creative writing workshops and participated in literary panel discussions in England and abroad. In 2018 with Derek Horton, she relaunched Soanyway magazine, an interdisciplinary platform which she co-edits and designs, publishing three issues a year with themed specials.