Gordon Gibson

Gordon Gibson

Gordon Gibson lives in Troon, on the south-west coast of Scotland. He started working in steelworks in Motherwell, and later trained as a primary school teacher. This led on to a twenty-year-long career as a lecturer in higher education.

In 2010, Gordon started writing full-time. Since then his prose and poetry has appeared in a number of print and online publications.


Q: If you could travel in the past, which one of the great writers would you like to meet and why?

A: James Joyce. I admire the tenacity that he demonstrated in pursuing the life of an artist despite setbacks and opposition. I also love the precision and breadth of his language (although Finnegans Wake remains just a bit too challenging for me).


Q: What is the first book you remember reading, or being read to as a child?

A: The first stories I remember reading were in The Adventure and The Wizard comics. Later I moved to Richmal Crompton’s William stories.


Q: Do you have a favourite quote? (from a book, movie, song, speech…)

A: Love’s not time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come.

(Shakespeare, Sonnet 116)


Q: Is there a book that you keep going back to and how many times have you read it?

A: Dubliners by James Joyce. I have returned to these stories innumerable times over the past 40 years.