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.
When Susan recalled how she had been in the summer of ’68, when she had first gone flat-hunting in Edinburgh, what came into her mind, with a rush of embarrassment even after all these years, was her youth, her innocence and her unshakeable belief in the values that her parents had imposed upon her throughout …
Each morning one of the staff wheeled Mr Aiken from the room where he slept, along the corridor and into the big lounge with all the chairs. Today it was a young man. Mr Aiken did not know him. They did not talk. Usually he was parked against the wall, facing towards the television. Some …