Eddie Gibbons

Founder Chairperson of Lemon Tree Writers

Editor of our forthcoming 2021 anthology

Eddie has had a long association with Lemon Tree Writers, from its beginnings as a workshop led by Aberdeen City Council Writer in Residence Todd McEwen in the 1990s. After Todd McEwen’s departure, Eddie took up the reins and formed a writing group, originally based at The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, from which venue the group took its name. We are delighted and honoured that Eddie Gibbons has agreed to edit our forthcoming anthology, Lemon Zest 2021 (title tbc).

Eddie’s latest collectionwill be published by Leamington Books in July 2021

As well as being Founder Chairman of Lemon Tree Writers, Eddie was also a founder member, with Gerard Rochford and Doug Gray, of Dead Good Poets at Books and Beans (now called Poetry at Books and Beans). Sponsored by the Doric Board, he recently edited ‘The Hail Clamjamfry’ which featured poems from members of local writing groups including ours.

Eddie is currently a poetry editor for award-winning Tapsalteerie and previously for The Poets’ Republic magazine, and is ‘High Heid Yin’ at Tangletree Press. He is a highly regarded, widely published poet among whose many accomplishments is being a prizewinner in the Inaugural Edwin Morgan International Poetry competition in 2008. His collection ‘What They Say About You’ was shortlisted in the poetry section for the 2011 Scottish Book of the Year.

Here are two new and unpublished poems from Eddie


When they first met

he took her out

for slap-up meals

After they tied the knot

he skipped the meals

but kept the slap up


Is this not an island that's tired of itself?

Every man's lost his peace and content,

be he Leave or Remain.

If a clod is PM and a Tory MP, Europe

is the lesser evil - they do things better

there, or at least as well.  Let us not befriend

Boris - he doesn't care: nothing diminishes

his luxury.  Time is up for him and his kind.

Therefore send not to know for whom

YouGov polls: vote SNP.

Available for poetry readings and user-friendly poetry workshops.

The Poet’s Republic magazine covers designed by Eddie Gibbons

Find a list of Eddie’s published anthologies here.


You can read more about Eddie and sample some of his poetry at the following links




Listen to Eddie reading seven of his poems

Find a sample of Eddie’s published poetry

on the Scottish Poetry Library website