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What fired your interest in your subject? - Douglas Gibson
EXTERNAL ID
AB_SGI_09_DOUGLAS_GIBSON_Q_02
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF RECORDING
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Douglas Gibson
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
1508
KEYWORDS
conferences
emigration
lecturers
audio
audios
subjectinterest

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As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, a three-day international conference - Scotland's Global Impact - was held at Eden Court theatre, Inverness from 22-24 October. Prominent academics, historians and other experts came together to provoke healthy discussion on the history of migration and the influence of Scots abroad.

Am Baile interviewed several of the speakers during the conference. In this audio extract, Douglas Gibson answers the question:

'What fired your interest in your particular area of expertise?'

'And it's interesting that to become somebody who works in publishing doesn't really require any formal training. As it happened, I had a couple of university degrees, but what you do need is a love of books; a love of reading, and a love of writing too. And so I found that I was attracted to that; at St Andrews I'd been features editor of the student newspaper and I'd enjoyed the little bit of editing that you get involved in doing that sort of thing, so I was looking for a job in the media in general - maybe newspapers, maybe magazines, maybe radio, maybe television - but this job in book publishing came up, and it proved to be wonderfully appropriate for me, in that I enjoy books, I enjoy working with language, and the other side of the publisher's life - I enjoy promoting books, and talking about them and getting people interested in them, so it's proved to be a very good blend for me and I've been doing this for forty years now and I've been semi-retired the last year or so.'


BIOGRAPHY

Douglas Gibson, born and educated in Scotland, is a graduate of St. Andrews and Yale. He has spent over forty years as an editor and publisher in Canada, working with many of that country's finest writers.

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What fired your interest in your subject? - Douglas Gibson

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

2000s

conferences; emigration; lecturers; audio; audios; subjectinterest;

Am Baile

Scotland's Global Impact

As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, a three-day international conference - Scotland's Global Impact - was held at Eden Court theatre, Inverness from 22-24 October. Prominent academics, historians and other experts came together to provoke healthy discussion on the history of migration and the influence of Scots abroad. <br /> <br /> Am Baile interviewed several of the speakers during the conference. In this audio extract, Douglas Gibson answers the question:<br /> <br /> 'What fired your interest in your particular area of expertise?'<br /> <br /> 'And it's interesting that to become somebody who works in publishing doesn't really require any formal training. As it happened, I had a couple of university degrees, but what you do need is a love of books; a love of reading, and a love of writing too. And so I found that I was attracted to that; at St Andrews I'd been features editor of the student newspaper and I'd enjoyed the little bit of editing that you get involved in doing that sort of thing, so I was looking for a job in the media in general - maybe newspapers, maybe magazines, maybe radio, maybe television - but this job in book publishing came up, and it proved to be wonderfully appropriate for me, in that I enjoy books, I enjoy working with language, and the other side of the publisher's life - I enjoy promoting books, and talking about them and getting people interested in them, so it's proved to be a very good blend for me and I've been doing this for forty years now and I've been semi-retired the last year or so.'<br /> <br /> <br /> BIOGRAPHY<br /> <br /> Douglas Gibson, born and educated in Scotland, is a graduate of St. Andrews and Yale. He has spent over forty years as an editor and publisher in Canada, working with many of that country's finest writers.<br /> <br /> © Photo by Lois Siegel