Welcome, Orkney, Scottish romance
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.
A seasonal piece for the end of the year – enjoy!
A Countrywoman’s Diary written for The Heart and Soul of Orkney autumn Foy.
A poem inspired by walking to school
Stromness Per Mare street name acrostic
Poems written to celebrate Magnus 900.