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.

My first collection, The House with the Lilac Shutters and other stories, is published  by ThunderPoint. 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.

Gabrielle Barnby,The House With The Lilac Shutters, Orkney, writer, author

Take a moment to explore what else I have been doing and find out something about how I work.

If you have a response to something I have written please send your comments or find me on twitter. Remember, reviews are treasure.

The House With The Lilac Shutters, Gabrielle Barnby, anniversary, giveaway
‘The everyday tragedies, sorrows, hopes and joys of ordinary people… vividly understated and unsentimental.’

Seasonal short

What’s in a gift?

What’s in the giving?


Gift, Gabrielle Barnby, Seasonal Short, Stromness Writing Group, Christmas 2016, Winter, personal.



The Stinging Fly, Gabrielle Barnby, Goldmiths Prize, Review, Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

Dipping my toe reviewing: Hot Milk by Deborah Levy, nominated for The Goldsmiths Prize.


Gabrielle Barnby, Northwords Now, Literary magazine, Widow Kharms', Russian Absurdist

Widow Kharms’ Guesthouse – new short story in the Autumn edition of Northwords Now. There’s a huge amount of interesting work in here. Available for FREE at your local library.

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New Writing

One evening Stromness Writing Group took inspiration from the first line at the top of page 53 in a collection of books. The book I chose was Grendel by John Gardner. The line was, ‘I looked up through the treetops, ludicrously hopeful,’ and the result was a little piece called Bird. Illustration by Catherine Cooke.

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