Welcome, Orkney, Scottish romance, poems
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 the remote Orkney Islands, Scotland. Mystery, danger and romance spill from the pages.
In the medieval splendour of St Magnus Cathedral, three women gather to mourn the untimely passing of Robbie. But all is not as it seems: what is the relationship between the three women, and Robbie? What secrets do they hide? And who has really betrayed who?
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 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.
Take a moment to explore the events I’m involved with and find out something about my work. I write in a mixture of forms including poetry and short stories and have recently been dabbling in screenwriting.
Very happy for Miss Baikie is a Witch to be shortlisted for the Federation of Writers Scotland Short Story Competition.
Partnered with dance artist Julia McGhee for One Day to Play. She transformed my words into movement and gave a brilliant performance inspired by the birds around the Peedie Sea.
Pleased as punch to be announced winner of the GMB screenwriting competition this year. It was a privilege to find inspiration Orcadian film maker Margaret Tait’s writing. This year marks the centenary of her birth her writing was inspiration for my screenplay Rise.
Delighted to be shortlisted for the Bridport Prize with ‘Fluking’ a short story I wrote last year after visiting Bergen.
Gabrielle Barnby and Sara Bailey, appearing in the Orkney Book Festival 9th-12th November.
The Oystercatcher Girl, excerpt in The Scotsman newspaper.
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The Tern – Inspired by the birds around the Peedie Sea.
Key – A wee poem, cobbled together at the last Stromness Writing Group.
A Countrywoman’s Diary written for The Heart and Soul of Orkney autumn Foy.
Stromness Per Mare street name acrostic
Poems written to celebrate Magnus 900.