Book Tour: Roughly Speaking by Eddie Gibbons

It’s my tour stop for Roughly Speaking: New and Selected Poems by Eddie Gibbons! Thank you so much to Love Books Tours for allowing me to participate. Click on the link above for more info about their tours!

Book Information

Roughly Speaking : New and Selected Poems by Eddie Gibbons
Publisher: Leamington Books
Length: 98 pages
Genre: Poetry



Every poet has a drawerful of rejection letters.

The poems in Roughly Speaking by Eddie Gibbons have for many years – some since as long ago as 1969 – lived in the shadows of their siblings who went on to have wildly exciting lives in Eddie’s published poetry collections. Roughly Speaking is Eddie Gibbons’ fifth volume of poetry and contains both new and rejected poems. Though some of the works included in Roughly Speaking have had brief moments of infamy in poetry magazines, the majority have never seen the bright light of public acceptance, their prime achievement to date being the collection of rejection slips. To keep these overlooked orphans company there is a small band of brand new poems, although the readers will have to make up their minds which is which.

Author Information

Eddie Gibbons was born in Huyton, Liverpool. He moved to Scotland in 1981. His first collection, Stations of the Heart, was published in 1999, when he was fifty. 

In 2008, he was a prize winner in the inaugural Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition. His fifth collection, What They Say About You, was shortlisted for the Scottish Poetry Book of the Year award in 2011. 

A regional judge for the Faber/Ottakars National Poetry Competition, Eddie has been a guest reader at the Berlin British Council, Stanza International Poetry Festival, Dundee Literary Festival, Aberdeen University WORD Festival, and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

My Review

**Thank you to Love Books Tours for the gifted digital copy of Roughly Speaking. All thoughts and opinions are my own.** #ad

Along with being an avid reader, I’m also a huge poetry lover! I normally don’t come across poetry to feature and review, so I’m glad that this book came my way. Roughly Speaking has Eddie Gibbons deliver his creative arts to his audience. Poets reflect on everything surrounding one’s life, and I felt Gibbons delivers this accurately. I really appreciate that this volume consists of pieces that faced rejection throughout the years. These poems are very insightful and to the point. Many aren’t very long, but they deliver very insightful messages.

If you’re searching for a poetry that highlights persistence and creativity, then Roughly Speaking is a great fit for you!