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.
Debut novel release April 12th
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?
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.