Creekstone Press

Northern BC's publisher

Creekstone Press Author

John Frederic Gibson

Born in Surrey, England in 1920, John Frederic Gibson spent his early years at sea, sailing around the world in Finnish, four-masted barques and serving as a submarine navigator during World War Two. He turned to writing in the mid-1940s, working in London, England for a literary agency and for Twentieth Century Fox in the company’s European Story Department.

His first book – Dark Seas Above (A Submariner’s Notebook) – was published in 1947, followed by Memory Bay, a collection of essays on travel between Lapland and Cape Horn. A move to Cornwall in 1948 served as inspiration for two novels set in that locale – The Bright and The Dark and The Heart of The Street – and a history of the Brocklebank Shipping Company.

In 1958 Gibson moved to British Columbia where his experiences working with First Nations peoples for the Department of Social Welfare gave rise to a novel, File on Helen Morgan, and the non-fiction work, A Small & Charming World.

He and his wife, Lorna, have been residents of Campbell River on Vancouver Island since 1980. He died on September 29, 2002.

Creekstone titles by John Frederic Gibson