Eddie Picardo

Email eddiepic@blueyonder.co.uk

Eddie had his school education in Gibraltar (1945-58) and graduated in Hons. English at the University of Wales (Swansea) in 1962. He then carried out research on a Commonwealth Scholarship for an M.A. (‘Translations and Adaptations of Quevedo’s Sueños in England 1640-1715’) and was awarded his M.A. in 1965. He taught at the Gibraltar Grammar School from January 1965 to Sept 1966. In October 1966 he came to live and work in the U.K. where he taught at schools of different types – secondary modern initially, then grammar (both in London), comprehensive upper (Suffolk), and three sixth form colleges, in Hampshire, Sandwell and, from January 1993 to October 1994, at St Philip’s College, Birmingham, where he held the post of Principal. 

Since his retirement he has worked as a teacher of Spanish in evening classes, an ‘A’ level English examiner for the AEB and, for nine years, a voluntary advisor for the Citizens Advice Bureau. He is now conducting research for a part time PhD under the supervision of Dr Aengus Ward. His subject is language and bilingualism in the formation of the Gibraltarian identity. During his visit to Gibraltar in January 2008 he interviewed many inhabitants about their language experience He was in turn interviewed himself on Gibraltar radio and television and by the press about his research.