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John Gibbens was born on the Wirral. Educated in West Germany and west Cumbria, he won an Eric Gregory Award at the age of 21. He was deputy editor of The Oldie in the 1990s, and has written a column about second-hand books for the Sunday Telegraph. His latest anthology appearances are in Emergency Verse: Poetry in Defence of the Welfare State (2011) and The Captain’s Tower, a gathering of poems to mark Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday (Seren, 2011). He has also published a study of Dylan: The Nightingale’s Code (2001). He lives in London.