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

Take a moment to explore the events I’m involved with 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. 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

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

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?



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

The Oystercatcher Girl, press release in the Orcadian newspaper.


The Stinging Fly, Gabrielle Barnby, Goldmiths Prize, Review, Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

Dipping my toe reviewing: Hot Milk by Deborah Levy, nominated for The Goldsmiths Prize.


Gabrielle Barnby, Northwords Now, Literary magazine, Widow Kharms', Russian Absurdist

Widow Kharms’ Guesthouse – new short story in the Autumn edition of Northwords Now. There’s a huge amount of interesting work in here. Available for FREE at your local library.

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Margaret’s Lookout

A poem for Margaret, Living Orkney, March

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

Orkney, Gabrielle Barnby, view, poetry, fiction.