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Best Short Story/Poem
BARD OF THE YEAR - this award is presented to a new writer working in Scotland. The criteria are as follows the subject matter be it observational or humorous,will be judged on its own merits, originality being the key word
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Eddie Allan

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 concerned”
1) Best Newcomer
2) Bard Of The Year
3) Community Commendation
4) Lifetime Achievement Award.
Award Ceremony on 17th -28th January 2003 at Mc Ginn's Folk Club 18-20 Hope St. Glasgow.
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