Ian Gibson (born 21 April 1939) is an Irish author and
Hispanist known for his biographies of the poet
Antonio Machado, the artist
Salvador Dalí, the bibliographer
Henry Spencer Ashbee, and particularly his work on the poet and playwright
Federico García Lorca, for which he won several awards, including the 1989
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography. His work, La represión nacionalista de Granada en 1936 y la muerte de Federico García Lorca (The nationalistic repression of Granada in 1936 and the death of Federico García Lorca) was banned in Spain under
Born into a Methodist Dublin family, he was educated at
Newtown School in
Waterford and graduated from
Trinity College, Dublin. He taught modern Spanish literature at
Queen's University Belfast and the
University of London before moving to Spain. His first novel, Viento del Sur (Wind of the South, 2001), written in Spanish, examines class, religion, family life, and public schools in British society through the fictitious autobiography of a character named John Hill, an English linguist and academic. It won favourable reviews in Spain.
Gibson has also worked in television on projects centering on his scholarly work in Spanish history, having served as a historical consultant and even acting in one historical drama.
He was granted a Spanish passport (citizenship) 1984. He lives in the
Alpujarras, near Granada.
Ian Gibson also narrated a two-part documentary for BBC2 on the Great Irish Famine in 1995.