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Product details

  • Paperback: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Argyll Publishing (6 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902831659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902831657
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,366,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eddie Gibbons was born in Liverpool in a previous century, though he isn't saying which. He moved to Aberdeen in 1981. A founder member of The Lemon Tree Writers and The Dead Good Poets, Aberdeen, his work is widely published in newspapers, magazines and anthologies. His poems have been broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland, Capital Radio, (London) and Sky Sports. He has given readings in Berlin, Dortmund, London, New York and at the Edinburgh Fringe.

He has five full poetry collections published to date -
Stations of the Heart, 1999. The Republic of Ted, 2003, and Game On! 2006.
All published by Thirsty Books, Edinburgh.

Why She Flew to Barcelona. Calder Wood Press, Dunbar. 2010.

His collection, What They Say About You, Leamington Books, Edinburgh, 2010,
was shortlisted for the Scottish Book of the Year, Poetry Section, 2011.

A Twist of Lime Street, Selected Poems, was published by Red Squirrel Press, Morpeth, 2013.

Poetry milestones include -
One-man Poetry Cabaret at Dundee Literary Festival, 2011.
One-man Poetry Cabaret at StAnza International Poetry Festival, 2009.
Prize winner in the Inaugural Edwin Morgan Poetry Competition, 2008.
Participant in 'The Hundred Poets Gathering.' StAnza, 2007.

Eddie's poems have appeared in the following anthologies -
Split Screen - Red Squirrel Press, 2012
Starry Rhymes : 85 Years of Allen Ginsberg - One Night Stanzas, 2011
By Grand Central Station We Sat Down and Wept - Red Squirrel Press, 2010
Silver: An Aberdeen Anthology - Polygon/Berlinn, 2009
For Angus (Poems for Angus Calder) - Los Poetry Press, Cambridge, 2008
Skein of Geese: Poems from The Hundred Poets Gathering - Stanza, 2007
Unsuitable Companions - Happenstance, 2007
Left to Write - Lemon Tree Writers, Aberdeen, 1995
The Book of Poems - City of Aberdeen, 1991


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Review

Amusing and poignant. -- Virginia Ironside

Genuinely moving and remarkably brave... evokes pathos, humour, regret and anger... An articulate, powerful book. -- Scotland on Sunday Review, October 26, 2003

Synopsis

Eddie Gibbons has created a powerful set of stories around his father's memory, his life and his legacy. 'The Republic of Ted' is a moving tribute to a father and a friend, full of humour and linguistic virtuosity.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Howard Evans on 27 July 2006
Format: Paperback
This book was only brought to my attention some time after the death of Eddie's father. I am the Macmillan Nurse (Angel of Death) described in Beyond Language. This book is a truly memorable one. The writings about his father's stay in hospital have given me (and many of the students I talk to about cancer and its effects on the patient and the families) wonderful insight from the the people who matter the most.....the patient and their family. I can't recommend this book hightly enough. Also the Shopping Forecast in this book is a truly funny and wonderful piece of written work. I have memorised it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Awf Cook on 15 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
Republic of Ted is one of the most beautiful books of poetry I have ever read.
As the CEO of ABCtales.com I read a great deal of poetry every day. Eddie is a long standing member of ours and I have been a long standing fan of his!
However in Republic of Ted he has surprised even me. This slim tome is inspired by the death of Eddie's father, Ted. The set of poems dedicated to Ted's last days are poignant, sentimental, evocative and heart-stirring without ever being slushy. The book also includes the magnificent 'Shopping News' that should be way up the nation's 100 favourite poems if ever there was justice in the world. I cannot recommend it highly enough to you.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew James on 3 Dec. 2006
Format: Paperback
I learnt of Eddie through his football poetry. Encouraged by a previous review, I purchased Republic of Ted and it now sits alongside Carol Ann Duffy's 'Rapture' as my favourite poetry book of recent times. Eddie has proven, through this book and others, that fame is no guide to the talents of a poet; were this so, he'd be offered a South Bank Show piece, for sure. Republic of Ted is a beautiful, observant and sensitive book that is by turns funny, poignant and very, very sad. It's a glorious work. Buy it, let's make Eddie as famous as he deserves to be.
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