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 publishing and available to buy on line at Amazon and The Orcadian bookshop.

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.

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Take a moment to explore what else I am writing about, 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.

The house with the lilac shutters
‘The everyday tragedies, sorrows, hopes and joys of ordinary people… vividly understated and unsentimental.’

Summer Void

A little vignette about a little secret on The Scottish Book Trust Secrets and Confessions, Author Stories page.


Gabrielle Barnby, Scottish Book Trust, Secrets and Confessions, Summer Void.

Gabrielle Barnby, Scottish Book Trust, Secrets and Confessions, Summer Void.



New review of The House With The Lilac Shutters in Northwords Now in Issue 31, Spring 2016.

Northwords Now, Gabrielle Barnby, Review, The House With The Lilac Shutters

Review by Cynthia Rogerson.

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Free short story

I have another story featured on The Back Road Cafe website, Listener – be careful who you listen to; not all stories are the same; not all storytellers are the same.

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.

The Back Road Cafe, Gabrielle Barnby, short story
Gabrielle Barnby, Back Road Cafe, Short Story, Prize winning, Listener


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.