| Bard of the Year - Eddie Allan
Labelled the ‘People’s Poet’, Eddie, an ex-shipyard worker, has
fought a long battle to have his work accepted finally becoming
Scotland’s top selling poet with his first book of poems this year.
Eddie’s spirit and endeavour sums up what can be achieved against
the odds and he is a truly worthy winner of this year’s award.
Eddie Allan was born in Anderston, Glasgow in
1951. “I worked in a variety of jobs, none of which were good for
my health. I now have emphysema; that’s why I started writing poems.
All my poems are from personal experiences and events that really
strike a chord with me.” A long-term family friend, Pat Reilly,
read his poems and decided to take a chance with his Superscott
Publications and published them in a book which is now a bestseller.
“All of poems speak for themselves and I dedicate each poem to those