Gabrielle Barnby is an Orkney based writer of adult and children’s fiction, short stories and poetry. She is the author of ‘The House With the Lilac Shutters and other stories.’
Everyone tells stories. Every day we talk, describe, ponder, gossip and imagine life outside our own experience. My passion is to turn these glimpses and wonderings into stories. I write short stories, novels and young fiction.
Recently longlisted in The Edge Hill Short Story competition, the collection has also been warmly received by the Scottish press and reviewed in Northwords Now.
Free short story
I hope you enjoy this dark Orcadian tale, winner of the 2015 George Mackay Brown Fellowship Short Story Competition, first published in Living Orkney .
Still also available, Jeopardy – all is not what it seems between two old friends on a shopping trip to Sydney.
Poems are rare flowers. I have recently been invited to write a number for George Mackay Brown 20th Anniversary events in April one of which will go into the St Magnus Festival programme. I’ve also been writing some April acrostics just for fun, this one appeared in Living Orkney where I edit a monthly writing page.
Although I am not with you these
Past years, it is not true that I don’t think about
Return. In another spring
I will make contact again and
Lately, when you are ready, you might reply.