Gabrielle Barnby is an Orkney based writer of adult and children’s fiction, short stories and poetry. She is the author of  The Oystercatcher Girl and 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 transform these glimpses and wonderings into stories.

My first novel, The Oystercatcher Girl, is set in the wild and beautiful landscape of Orkney and will be released on April 12th, 2017.

My collection of short stories, The House with the Lilac Shutters and other stories, was longlisted in The Edge Hill Short Story competition, and has also been warmly received by the Scottish press. Both books are published by ThunderPoint a small publisher that began life on the tumultuous shores of the western isles.

Gabrielle Barnby, The Oystercatcher Girl, The House With The Lilac Shutters

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

The Oystercatcher Girl, Gabrielle Barnby, Orkney, love, forgiveness, redemption, Thunderpoint, fiction, debut novel.
‘… a beautifully understated story of deception and forgiveness, love and redemption.’
House with the Lilac Shutters and other stories by Gabrielle Barnby. Short stories, fiction, Orkney, Thunderpoint.
‘This is utterly original story-making of a very high quality, brave in its scope and range.’

Debut novel release  April 12th

Book launch

Thursday April 20th 6.30pm

The MacGillivray Room

Kirkwall Library

The Oystercatcher Girl, Gabrielle Barnby, Orkney, love, forgiveness, redemption, ThunderPoint, debut novel



The Oystercatcher Girl, Gabrielle Barnby, Orkney, fiction, romance, Thunderpoint, press release

The Oystercatcher Girl, press release in the Orcadian newspaper.

Orkney Archive, Kirkwall Library, 200 years of diaries, Dylan Stone, Gabrielle Barnby

200 Years of Diaries, Dylan Stone. Review in Orcadian by Gabrielle Barnby

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New Writing

Margaret’s Lookout

A poem for Margaret, Living Orkney, March

Margaret's Lookout, Gabrielle Barnby, Orkney, Living Orkney, poem, March