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.
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.