About Anthony Gibson

Writer, broadcaster, campaigner, Westcountryman.

About Anthony Gibson - Writer, Broadcaster, Campaigner and Westcountryman
Anthony Gibson, Regional Director of the NFU Rallies the farmers at the Westpoint meeting

Anthony Gibson, Regional Director of the NFU Rallies the farmers at the Westpoint meeting (Photograph by Tim Cuff).

Anthony Gibson OBE, MA, FRAgS is a Westcountryman, born in Devon, living in Somerset, who has spent most of his working life with the National Farmers Union, including 14 eventful years as its South-West Regional Director.

He was educated at Sparkwell Village School, Manadon Vale Primary School, Monkton Combe School and The Queen’s College Oxford, where he read modern history. He joined the NFU in 1972 at its Knightsbridge HQ, before moving back to the West Country in 1976 to become, successively, South-West Regional Information Officer, Somerset County Secretary, and, when the NFU was regionalised in 1979, Senior Policy Adviser and Regional Director, before a final two years as national Director of Communications.

He now spends his time writing books on literary landscapes and cricket, as well as being the BBC’s senior Somerset cricket commentator, Chair of the Somerset Catchment Partnership charged with improving the state of Somerset’s rivers and Chairman of the Orchards and Cider Exhibition at the Royal Bath and West Show, which hosts the biggest cider competition in Europe. He has honorary degrees from the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society and was appointed OBE in the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
The book which he wrote about his father, the well-known cricket writer and broadcaster, the late Alan Gibson, “Of Didcot and the Demon –the Cricketing Times of Alan Gibson” won the MCC/Cricket Society award for Cricket Book of the Year for 2010 (see below).
He has three grown-up children from his first marriage, and five grand-children. He lives with his second wife Claire at Langport on the Somerset Levels, and enjoys golf, gardening and cider-making in his spare time.

His published works are as follows:

    A West Country Treasury (1989) jointly with his father, Alan Gibson (out of print)
    A Celtic Oyssey (2009) – copies available
    Of Didcot and the Demon (2010) – sold out
    With Magic in my Eyes – West Country Literary Landscapes (2011) – copies available
    From Wiveliscombe to Whitehall – A Farmer’s Life (2011) jointly with Fred Elliott CBE – sold out
    Gentlemen, Gypsies and Jesters (2013) jointly with Stephen Chalke – sold out
    The Coloured Counties – Literary Landscapes of the Heart of England (2017) – copies available
    Rosey – My Life in Somerset Cricket (2019) – jointly with Brian Rose – copies available
    Somerset’s Summer (2019) – sold out
    Westcountryman – A Life in Farming, Countryside, Cricket and Cider (2021)