Nick Gibbs has been a magazine editor for 25 years, launching titles as diverse as Sailing Today and British Woodworking, and most recently Living Woods. Since 2007 he has run his own successful publishing business, producing a range of titles, for sale on the newsstands, by subscription and to provide contract magazines for businesses and associations. He has written for magazines and newspapers, including The Guardian, Business2.0 and Survive, and is author of The Good Wood Bible and The Craft of Magazine Editing.
In 2014, Nick suffered a severe head injury when knocked off a bicycle. He was in a coma for 10 days, but was fortunate to regain consciousness without any physical damage. Nick could walk, talk, read and write, and all his limbs were working perfectly. That said, he tried to escape from Intensive Care so often he was put on a Deprivation of Liberty Order, and rugby-tackled one time only yards from the hospital’s main entrance.
Rather than publishing magazines, Nick now works as a writer, speaker and doer. Giving talks has proved to be a new avenue for his skills as a communicator. “It reminds me of my first days as a would-be journalist, working on the university radio station, learning how to interview and report at a mic, usually on air live.”
His first talks entertained local groups with his tales as a hospital-bound escapologist. Audiences have been inspired when he relates how he worked as a kitchen porter, handyman, pedlar and groundsman once he was discharged, searching for new purpose in life and to get going again. Public speaking provides a new outlet for Nick’s ideas and experiences. His talks now take a wider view of the brain, and particularly the impact neuroplasticity can have upon recovery after an accident, a stroke or an illness like Parkinson’s.
With his tiny business, Fairway Originals, Nick also works as the maker of carved replicas of famous and favourite golf holes. “We can produce a replica of any hole, on any course, anywhere in the world.”