Ed Gillespie

Ed the Writer

Ed is best known for his first book ‘Only Planet – a flight-free adventure around the world’ about his circumnavigation of the globe, without going anywhere near an airport. An epic journey covering 45,000 miles, 33 countries and lasting 381 days. Ed has written for numerous publications from the Guardian to Conde Nast Traveller as well as his own writings such as ‘The Omerta of Consultancy’. He is also a poet, exploring the world through the essences that other forms of prose can’t quite access.

Praise for Ed’s books

Allow the world’s flaws and beauty to seep into your soul
Flemmich Webb

The Independent, reviewing Only Planet

With wit, welly and wisdom, Ed reveals the fine-grained texture of the world at ground level. Required reading for the slow traveller
Carl Honoré

Author, In praise of slow, reviewing Only Planet

There’s something chewy and playful about these poems of Ed’s. They cheered me up. He faces a big cultural moment with both wit and grief, and an unrepentant affection for living. Crows and Angels assist the NHS and a pink moon looms overhead: suddenly the world is bright and weird and not quite done with us.
Dr Martin Shaw

Author of Bardskull, reviewing Love in Lockdown