Duncan McGibbon, Poet






PROFILE                                                        E                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


  • A life-long poet and writer with valuable editorial and workshop skills.
  •  I have always worked well in teams, whether leading them or working with them.
  •  I am able to maintain an objective view on the relative value of texts with a diplomatic and engaging style.  
  • I have a proven ability to lead and inspire a team during a period of development and growth.
  • Life-long experience of the arts sector, in literature with a knowledge of, proven ability in, and enthusiasm for poetry.
  • A consistent editor of journals and books.
  • A proven and popular teacher of individual poets and prose writers.
  • A clear knowledge of a variety of educational approaches and teaching practices.



EXPERIENCE                                                E           




  • Convenor, The Poet’s Voice, P.A Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute.. performances  by contemporary poets such as Fleur Adcock, Jenny Joseph, Stephen Romer etc.2009-
  • Founder and Convenor, The Poet’s Voice Workshop. Poetry criticism and discussion. 2010-
  • Founder and Convenor; Editos, Berne, Prose and poetry criticism and discussion. 2004-2006.
  • Member: Writer’s Works, Berne, Switzerland. 2004-present.
  • Member: Potes, Geneva, Switzerland, UN and NGO group of poets: criticism and writing of poetry. Criticism and discussion of poetry. 2004-present.
  • Member: The Thin Raft, Workshop, University of Basle, Switzerland 2004-present. Academic criticism and discussion of prose and poetry. 2004-present
  • Founder: Poetry Workshop, Earl’s Court, (1983-present) then in members’ homes. London, Slough, Henley etc. Criticism and discussion with poets such as Elizabeth James, Richard Price, Jane Draycott, Cahal Dallat etc.
  • Member: Highgate Poets, Highgate. 1975-1978 Local Group: read with Peter Porter, and Alan Brownjohn.
  • Member: Poetry Workshop. Earl’s Court 1968-1970.High-calibre criticism of contemporary poets such as Peter Porter, Alan Brownjohn, George McBeth, Fleur Adcock, Philip Hobsbaum and Martin Booth.


  • Translator/editor Stienen, Angela;
  • Co-Editor Divers, an Anthology of the Poet’s Workshop 2006.


  • Editor, Manifest, UK magazine of poetry and prose; two issues. 1997-8
  • Editor Richmond Poetry Local Anthology
  • Editor, Blue Rat, UK ”underground” magazine of political commentary, articles, poetry and prose .Two Issues 1969-70.
  • Co-Editor, Lucknow: The Last Phase of an Oriental Culture  Abdul Halim Sharar  (Author), E. S. Harcourt (Editor),Fakhir Hussain (Editor) 1971.


PUBLICATIONS                                                                          N                                                                                                                              




1967: Three poems in the Thamesian.

1969-1975: Eight poems in the Weekly Record. (St Mary’s College)

1969: Poem in Blue Rat

1974: Poems in Ventures (St Mary’s College Literary Society Journal)

1974: Two Poems in Jam (University of London Poetry Journal)

1974: Poem in Catholic Education To-day (Catholic Education Council)

1979-1983: Five poems in Kites 3, 4, 5 & 6 (Highgate Society)

1982-3: Two Poems in Richmond Poets (Richmond Poetry Group)

1992: Prose Poem in Gairfish

1995: Poems in Manifest 1

1996: Poems in Manifest 2

1998: Channel Vennell Press

2000: Stations of Love, a Cantata text, (Music by Joseph A. Estorniho) St Margaret’s Church  

2001: (repeated 2001 Lenten Project)

2006: Poem in Aesthetica, Edinburgh

2007: Poems in Offshoots 8

2007: Poems in “Dan”?

2008: Poem in Kaktus, Basel

2008: Nine Poems in Divers, the Poetry Workshop Anthology Aark Arts

2009: Poem in Offshoots10, a Celebration, (Geneva Writers’ Group)

2009: The Consolations (Mulfran)

2009: At Lantwit Major (Poetry Spring)

2010: Three poems in Salzburg Poetry Review (University of Salzburg English Department)





Short Story:

2010: Jigsaw Writer’s Works, Berne





Online Articles in The Catholic Way (Suite 101)


On Line Articles on Suite 101 :


What Is Grace?



Apr 25, 2012

Eight Pegs,the Poet, Tony Curtis and the Game-shoot

Feb 10, 2012

Gainsborough, the Subtle Art of a Landscape Painter.

Jan 8, 2012

Can God Get Through to Himself?

Dec 9, 2011

Rise of Nations or Rise of Factions?

Oct 22, 2011

Bath, a City Imprisoned in its Past

Oct 3, 2011

Origen on Christ in the Song of Songs

Sep 21, 2011

How to Keep a Job During a Recession

Aug 15, 2011

News of a Crisis, or a Crisis of News?

Aug 13, 2011

British Poet Translates a Treasure of the British Library

Aug 13, 2011

After Oslo, Has the Enlightenment Faded?

Jul 28, 2011

What Paul Tells the Church about Common Good in Romans 13:1-2

Jul 26, 2011

Sudeep Sen's Aria Creates a New Sign for Poetry Translation

Jul 2, 2011

Althea Romeo-Mark; the Voice of African-American Writing

Jun 28, 2011

Europe in Crisis

Jun 14, 2011

The Culture of Freedom and its Foes

Jun 6, 2011

The Call to Seek the Common Good

Jun 1, 2011

Is Faith Reasonable and Reason Faithful?

May 5, 2011

The Comfort of Dullness

May 4, 2011

Does Humanity Know What it Wants?

Apr 28, 2011

Finding the Sense to Life

Apr 26, 2011

The Desire for God

Apr 11, 2011

Is Life Meaningful?

Apr 10, 2011

At the Pegasus Theatre Oxford, a Breakthrough in Verse Drama

Apr 1, 2011

The Alpha Course, An Attractive Illusion?

Mar 20, 2011

The Fortunes of God

Mar 10, 2011

Mallarme and Ghalib Compared

Mar 3, 2011

The Charm and Profundity of Ghalib

Mar 3, 2011

Warhol: The Hungry Gaze

Mar 1, 2011

The Taste of Warhol

Mar 1, 2011

The Bittersweet Taste of Heda's Still Lifes

Mar 1, 2011

Seeing the Life in Heda's Still Lifes

Mar 1, 2011

New Life in Heda's Still Lifes

Mar 1, 2011

The Death of Paunescu: When Books of Poetry Kill

Nov 8, 2010

The Originality of St. Therese

Sep 29, 2010

Britain Tries See Why the Pope Came

Sep 27, 2010

The Pope's Visit to England: A Crisis Worsens

Sep 4, 2010

Tony Blair: The Blood Money of a Disgraced Leader

Aug 23, 2010

The Stock Market Crisis of August 2010

Aug 16, 2010

Britain Faces Disgrace Over the Pope's Visit

Aug 14, 2010

Can Ethics Succeed Without God?

Aug 1, 2010

Disaster Strikes the Pope's Visit to England

Jul 30, 2010

The Closure of Culverhay School

Jul 26, 2010

Dealing With Poor Job Performance at Work

Jul 22, 2010

Release of the Lockerbie Bomber

Jul 21, 2010

Maureen Dowd, Pulitzer Winning Journalist, Keeps Her Word.

Jul 20, 2010

The Double Dip Recession is Imminent

Jul 17, 2010

"Cor ad Cor Loquitur" Who First Wrote Newman's Motto?

Jul 14, 2010

Belgian Bishops, Moral Panic and Tomb-Raiders

Jun 28, 2010

Gustav Mahler Is Still Writing His Most Beautiful Music

Jun 24, 2010

Budget June 2010: The Poverty Grindhouse

Jun 22, 2010

A Pope's Visit Faces Disaster

Jun 22, 2010

The Poet as Pope

Jun 21, 2010

Pope's Grotto. The Legacy

Jun 19, 2010

Pope's Grotto

Jun 19, 2010

The Wife of Bath – A Pilgrim to Rome

Jun 19, 2010

Rome and Bath, the Poets of Two Cities Compared

Jun 19, 2010

The EU Wooden Horse Mechanism Will Not Fool Speculators.

May 8, 2010

Shakespeare's Fifty Third Sonnet, More Substance Than Shadow?

May 8, 2010

Noah's Ark Has Nowhere to Land

Mar 26, 2010

The Hungry Philosopher in Athens

Mar 19, 2010

The Sea Urchin, a Delicacy Known to Visitors

Feb 16, 2010

The Health-Food Philosopher in Europe

Feb 16, 2010

The Teleological God

Jan 28, 2010

The Secret of Gourmet Travel

Jan 22, 2010

A Designer Argument for the Existence of God

Jan 19, 2010

A Perfect Argument For The Existence of God

Jan 19, 2010

A Contingent Argument For The Existence of God

Jan 19, 2010

The Causal Argument For The Existence of God

Jan 19, 2010

The God of Philosophers Challenged

Jan 19, 2010

The Change Argument for the Existence of God

Jan 19, 2010

The Poetry of Food and Travel

Jan 2, 2010

Ontological Argument for the Existence of God

Dec 31, 2009

Winter Warmth and English Poets

Dec 29, 2009

New Light on Byron's Great Love Poem

Dec 29, 2009

The Dream of the Cross

Dec 20, 2009

Christmas Decorations Explained

Dec 19, 2009

Getting the Most Out of the Research

Dec 18, 2009

How to Write An Academic Paper

Dec 17, 2009

New Thinking on the Passion of Christ

Dec 17, 2009

Shelley's School Nightmare

Dec 14, 2009

Capital Punishment and the Philosophy of Right

Nov 15, 2009

The British Landscape Conserved by its Poets

Nov 15, 2009

Laurence Binyon, Poet of the Great War

Nov 14, 2009

The Rituals of Modernity

Nov 12, 2009

Mourning for Justice

Nov 11, 2009

The Day the Bomb Fell on Nagasaki

Nov 9, 2009

A Dying Emperor's Unsolved Mystery

Nov 5, 2009

A Gallery of Nazi Theft

Oct 28, 2009


Other Articles:



Unsaying Joy, The Poetry of Anne-Marie Fyfe. Ulla’s Nib, Belfast 2006


Some Practical Examples from Special Schools In Religious Education and the Pupil with Learning Difficulties Cambridge C.U.P 1987


Library Corner; Eight Review Articles on Children’s Literature. Catholic Education Today.1975 -1978


Whatever Happened to Everyman? Catholic Education Today Nov/Dec 1974




A Painful Gift: The Journey of a Soul with Autism Christopher Goodchild Independent Catholic News 2010


The Gospel in Brief Tolstoy Independent Catholic News Nov 2010


Messiaen  Robert Sherlaw – Johnson Independent Catholic News 2007


“Massa Day Done”: Review of Sonny Jim of Sandy Point by S.B. Jones-Hendrikson Sea Breeze Journal of Contemporary Liberian Writings 2008

The Mental Health Programme Times Educational Supplement 1983

Language and the Mentally Handicapped Times Educational Supplement 1983

Parents as Partners Times Educational Supplement 14th Feb.1983

What It’s Like to be Me Times Educational Supplement 1980

Watch for the Champion Times Educational Supplement 1979

Recent Writing on Prayer Catholic Education Today July/September 1976

True Patriotism Bonhoeffer Catholic Education Today March/April 1974

Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge. Lakatos/Musgrave Catholic Education Today Sep/Oct 1970

The Future of Man Teilhard de Chardin Catholic Education Today: May/June 1969


QUALIFICATIONS                                           .                                                                                                    s                                                                                                    



1984-1985:  University of London, Institute of Education.

               Advanced Diploma in the Psychology and Assessment

               of Children with Special Learning Needs.)


1969-1975:  St Mary’s College, (Univ. of London, Institute of Education)

                    Certificate in Education Junior/Secondary Course (Distinction in    Theory)

                    Bachelor of Education   (Theology and Philosophy) 2/2


1960-1968:   Thames Valley Grammar School.

                    O Level (5 passes), A level (3 passes)




1. All Kinds of Minds. Zurich 2006

2. Maths and Dyslexia. Aiglon 2006

3. All Kinds of Minds. Zurich 2006

4. The Education of Gifted Children.2004-5 International School of Geneva.

5. Brain Gym.1&2. Frankfurt 2004

6. Key Stage 3 Strategy and Special Needs.2004.


7. Writing Effective IEPs. 2001

8. Special Needs across the Curriculum. 2001.

9. Handwriting and Fine Motor Control. 2000

10. The Efficient Use of Time, Institute of Education,1998

11. Teaching Under-Motivated Boys. 1997

12. Developing Self-Esteem. 1997.

13. Compensating for Rejection. 1997.

14. Preparation for Deputy Headship.Whitelands.1990.

15. Leading a Team, Whitelands. 1988.

16. Derbyshire Language. London School of Speech Sciences. 1979.




Richmond on Thames Poetry Prize, 1967

Wells Literary Festival Prizewinner, Poetry,2006


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