Eddie Gibbons is a poet, draughtsman and media designer. He was born in Huyton, Liverpool but moved to Aberdeenshire in 1980. He worked as an engineering draughtsman before becoming a published poet when his first collection Stations of the Heart was published in 1999, at the age of fifty. He was the founding chair of Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree Writers group and was recently the editor of their 2021 anthology A Twist of Lemon. He was also one of the three founder members of the Dead Good Poets at Books & Beans in Aberdeen. Eddie is currently a poetry editor at the Aberdeenshire poetry publishing house Tapsalteerie and was formerly an editor of The Poets’ Republic magazine.
Eddie has issued seven poetry collections of which his most recent, Roughly Speaking (2021), was published under the strapline ‘every poet has a drawerful of rejection letters’, and mixes previously rejected poems alongside new work. He was a prize winner in the inaugural Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition in 2008, and his fifth poetry collection, What They Say About You (2010), was shortlisted for the poetry section of the Scottish Book of the Year award in 2011. He has been a reader at various literary events including the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the StAnza International Poetry Festival, and he was a guest reader for the British Council in Berlin and Dortmund.
Eddie’s poems are based on down to earth themes of everyday circumstances and the human condition and are often humorous but also sensitive. A recurring theme is football, which was the focus of his third poetry collection Game On (2006). Stuart Butler, editor of Football Poets, described this collection as ‘poems that go beyond the reflecting back of apparent reality … that hint at something a little bit more elusive, allusive and haunting’. In a review of What they Say About You, Anna Crowe describes the poems as ‘funny, angry, despairing and wryly hopeful by turns, and always humane’.